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Paraolong Ambush: National Investigation Agency to Seek Details from Myanmar

Chumthang News Service,
Imphal/26th July/2015: Details on the top leadership of NSCN-K and other groups, their bases, banking transactions, local associates, known addresses and dossiers of suspects are likely to be sought from the neighbouring country. India has a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with Myanmar, according to which both countries can help each other in investigation, prosecution, prevention of crime, service of summons, and other judicial documents – execution of warrants, tracing suspects, restraining any activities, forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds and instruments of crime.
During the June 4 attack and counter-operation in Myanmar’s territory by Indian Army, intelligence reports suggested that the NSCN(K)’s chairman – S S Khaplang was admitted in a hospital in Yangon. NIA will seek details about his movements, details of at least 25 members who were part of the attack and information on their hideouts. Others whose details NIA plans to seek include S S Khaplang’s next-in-command vice-chairman, Lt Gen Khango Konyak, commander-in-chief Lt Gen Khumchok Pangmei and military commander Lt Gen Nikki Sumi, who allegedly masterminded the June 4 ambush on Indian Army in Chandel, Manipur.

The federal agency has already gathered a lot of details about all those behind the attack through independent sources, inputs shared by IB, R&AW and army. NIA has its own database as well on militant outfits based in north east and those operating out of Myanmar. The agency will back its request to Myanmar with solid evidence collected so far. It needs specific information from Myanmar about the Naga militants and a possible access to those who are jailed there, said an official.

The NDA government has reached out to Myanmar lately with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the country last year. Recently, National security advisor Ajit Doval also went to Myanmar and held discussions on several counts including border security and rooting out the insurgents.Currently, NIA team in Guwahati is preparing the documents to be sent to Myanmar as part of its request. The attack on army convoy was carried out after planning of several months by NSCN (K) and several militant outfits that came together in April this year following the abrogation of their ceasefire agreement with Indian government.

One of the important members of NSCN (K) Khumlo Abi Anal alias Ambison, regional chairman, was arrested by NIA few weeks back for being part in the planning of attack. Sources say that he had also disclosed several details about the outfit and the June 4 attack, on which further information will be sought from Myanmar.
Source: N.E.T

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