Guwahati: Days ahead of signing the final agreement between Naga groups and government of India, about 300 cadres of the Isak-Muivah faction National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) are said to have been driven out their camp in Myanmar.
The claim has been made by a rival faction of the separatist group led by Yung Aung.
A top commander of NSCN (K) told News18, “About 300 armed cadres of the NSCN (IM) camping at a forest in the Layshi township of Myanmar were driven out by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) on Monday evening. However, there was no gunfight. As per our information, the cadres left their camp along with their arms and ammunitions before the Myanmar army reached the spot.”
The camp’s location is said to be in a forest lying between Hengkot and Ngachan villages that fall under the jurisdiction of Layshi township of Naga Autonomous Region, Sagaing Division, near the India-Myanmar border pillars numbered 124 and 125.
“This area is popularly known as Somra Track. The camp was reportedly run by Hangshi Ramsom and Brigadier Nganingkhui. Some of the top leaders of the NSCN (IM), including Mahongam and Yurho, were also staying in the camp,” the commander added.
Another top rebel leader from Myanmar said when the Tatmadaw reached the NSCN (IM) camp, there were no cadres. It added the cadres have moved towards India along with their arms and ammunitions and are presently taking shelter in the border areas of Manipur.
A defence official said since July, the movements of NSCN (IM) cadres have been very suspicious and the forces were monitoring the developments closely in Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.