New Delhi: The Army inflicted “heavy casualties” on the insurgent NSCN(K) group during “retaliatory” fire along the India-Myanmar border in the early hours of the morning, the Eastern Command said today.
Indian troops suffered no casualties, officials maintained.
According to a statement by the Eastern Command, a column of the Indian Army operating along Indo-Myanmar border was fired upon by unidentified insurgents of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) at about 4.45 am.
“Own troops reacted swiftly and brought down heavily retaliatory fire on insurgents. The insurgents then broke contact and fled from the spot. As per inputs, a large number of casualties were suffered by the insurgents. Own troops suffered no casualties,” the statement added.
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It also asserted that Indian troops “did not cross the international border”. Army sources maintained that it was “not a surgical strike”. The Eastern Command also tweeted, “Reports of casualties to #IndianArmy personnel factually incorrect. Firefight occurred along Indo-Myanmar border at 0445 hrs today @adgpi.”
In June 2015, the Army had conducted a similar operation against banned insurgent groups following the killing of 20 soldiers in Manipur.