Attack on Assam Rifles camp in Arunachal may be prelude to bigger strike, say security agencies
By Times of India
Sunday's attack on an Assam Rifles camp in Arunachal Pradesh could be a
prelude to a major action by the NSCN (K) and its affiliates against
security forces in the area, Indian security agencies suspect.
On Sunday morning, just three days after militants killed 18 army
soldiers in Chandel, about 50 militants attacked the camp in Tirap
district. Thanks to precise intelligence given in advance to the camp,
the attack was repulsed, officials said.
however, do not think that the success of Assam Rifles against
militants would mean any lasting peace in Tirap and Changlang districts,
which share a porous border with Myanmar. They have been observing
significant movement of arms and militants into the districts in recent
weeks, especially since SS Khaplang faction of NSCN (Nationalist
Socialist Council of Nagaland) pulled out of their 14-year-old ceasefire
with the government.
Officials said they are expecting a bigger action in the area. Given the
frequency with which the NSCN (K) and its allies have been attacking
the security forces, the next major attack has to be expected in a few
weeks' time, they said.
Violence level in northeast, which had
gone down over the last three-four years, has been deteriorating ever
since NSCN (K) pulled out of the ceasefire agreement.
situation would be complicated by the proximity of NSCN (K) with the
Burmese army and the new coalition of militant groups led by the naga
rebels. Among the groups that are now with NSCN (K) are Paresh Baruah
faction of ULFA, NDFB(S), KLO, and a couple of other Meitei insurgent
Their safe haven in Myanmar and robust supply of money and arms all portend difficult times for the region.
New Delhi has adopted an aggressive security strategy in the wake of
recent attacks of soldiers, and believes the success of army against
NDFB in recent months can be replicated against NSCN (K). Army has
stepped up its operations against militants since the Chandel attack.