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Myanmar deploys more army along border with India

Myanmar has deployed an additional brigade comprising around 6,000 men and officers along the border with India, apparently to prevent any more surgical strikes by the Indian Army inside its territory, The Hindu newspaper quoted senior Indian government official as saying.

The brigade has been deployed in addition to five already posted along the 1,643km-long Indo-Myanmar border, the official said. The additional deployment has been apparently made to prevent the Indian Army commandos from carrying out any more attacks on the camps of ‘insurgent groups’ based in the neighbouring country like they did on June 9, the paper quoted the official as saying.

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Myanmar was upset with India after a crack team of about 70 commandos of the Indian Army, equipped with assault rifles, rocket launchers, grenades and night vision goggles, was airdropped from helicopters and attacked two camps – believed to be run by militants. The operation was carried out after the Naga militants killed 18 soldiers in an ambush in Chandel area of Manipur on June 4.

Days after the attack, India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had visited Nay Pyi Taw and briefed Myanmar leadership, which was upset over the operation conducted by Indian troops on their territory. He had explained New Delhi’s position vis-à-vis the militant groups, which were active in the northeast, the official said.

Myanmar had conveyed its displeasure to India during the joint consultative commission meeting held here on July 16. The meeting was co-chaired by India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Burmese counterpart U Wunna Maung Lwin. “It is clear that they didn’t take kindly the way we carried out the operation. It was reflected in discussions,” the official said.

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