Guwahati, February 2, 2019
The Myanmar Army (or Tatmadaw) has taken control of the headquarters of the banned militant outfit National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) in the Naga Self-Administered Zone of Sagaing Region without a shot being fired.
According to a report filed in The Irrawaddy, U Kyaw Wan Sein, a member of the NSCN (K)’s Central Executive Committee, said that that the group withdrew its troops and let the Myanmar Army occupy its headquarters in order not to disrupt the peace process between it and the government. There were no casualties or injuries.
A military column consisting of over 400 troops from six battalions led by the Hkamti District tactical commander under the Tatmadaw’s North-West Command took control of the NSCN-K’s headquarters in the village of Ta Ga in Nanyun Township on January 29th, 2019.
It may be mentioned that the NSCN-K signed a regional-level truce with the government in April 2012. The Myanmar government has urged the NSCN-K to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement. However, the militant outfit stated that it would not sign unless and until it reaches an agreement that can cover all the Naga people who live in Northeast India and Myanmar.