Indian and Myanmar Armies launched a coordinated operation along the Indo-Myanmar border from February 17 and March 2 to destroy around 10 camps set up by the terrorist organisation, Arakan Army.
The first phase of the attack targeted newly constructed camps bordering Mizoram. Part two targeted the deadly Naga group, NSCN (K); its their camps were destroyed up north around 1000 kms away bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
The Arakan Army was becoming a threat to India’s mega Kaladan transit and transport project. Kaladan transit and transport project, funded by India, is a multimodal sea, river, and road transport corridor that will connect the landlocked Northeast to Kolkata port through Myanmar.
The project will reduce the distance from Kolkata to Mizoram by nearly a thousand kilometres and bring down the travel time by at least four days.
“Indian soldiers did not move into Myanmar, but they were heavily deployed on the border so that these terrorists, being hit by Myanmar Army, did not sneak into India. All the camps of the Arakan Army were wiped out and the makeshift camps were also burnt down,” said sources.
The terror camps were majorly located on Mizoram-Myanmar border. Arakan Army has been trained by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), which is designated as a terrorist outfit by Myanmar.
The attack took place while India and the world were busy focusing on the Balakot airstrike carried out to clear the terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed, organisation responsible for the February Pulwama attack.