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The Konyak Union (Myanmar) has refuted the claim made by the Indian Army that it did not cross the Indo-Myanmar border to engage in a gun battle with the NSCN (K) on September 27, 2017.
According to a statement received from the Konyak Union (Myanmar) president S.A. Khotai and general secretary K. Honwang on Saturday, the firing between the Indian security forces and the NSCN (K) on September 27 took place between Khonsa and Langkho village, approximately 15km inside Eastern Konyak Myanmar.
Quoting report from Langkho villagers, it said that many unexploded bombs were found in the paddy fields of Langkho village where the gun battle allegedly took place. The location was two kilometers before reaching Langkho village and the firing occurred between 3am and 6am in the morning.
Criticizing the Indian security forces for not only providing false information to the media, the Konyak Union accused the Indian army of crossing the international border to search and kill Naga people inside Myanmar country.
Meanwhile, it has appealed the Indian security forces and NSCN (K) to stop propagating violence which has been creating fear psychosis in the hearts of civilians.
On behalf of the Eastern Konyak public, the Konyak Union (Myanmar) also questioned the MPs, MLAs and peace committee of Myanmar ruling government- National League for Democracy for their abject neglect despite their assurances of bringing all round development in the area. Till today there is no semblance of development in the Konyak area, it lamented.
The people has participated in the election in order to get better development therefore the government should not ignore and neglect the people that supported them, the press release went on to state.
Indian Army trekked 2 hours into Myanmar: NSCN (K)
In a separate press statement, the NSCN (K) also reiterated their earlier claim that encounter between the “Indian Para Commandos and Elite Unit of NSCN/GPRN” took place deep inside Myanmar Naga area situated around 15kms away from the international boundary.
“…The Eastern Command have no idea at all that Langkho village is deep inside Myanmar Naga area situated around 15km away from the international boundary where the encounter took place before dawn on 27 Sept between Indian Para Commandos and Elite Unit of NSCN/GPRN,” the press statement maintained.
The NSCN (K) further alleged that the Indian Army soldiers had illegally trekked more than two hours deep into Myanmar and in the process had side trekked the first two frontier villages from India side-Khammoi and Loji and had already reached the outskirt of the third frontier village Langkho from where they were “halted, killed, injured and repulsed by the Naga Army.”
It therefore advised the Indian Army’s higher authorities to ascertain themselves of the fact that Langkho village is nowhere near the so claimed Indo-Myanmar artificial international boundary but beyond several frontier villages.
The NSCN (K) also termed it interesting to note that while the Indian Army tries to derogate and undermine the Nagas as terrorists, they admitted to CNN, News 18, that after Pakistan, India is targeting the Nagas.
“This clearly proves India’s hypocrisy and their natural notion of the suppressed Nagas as separate people and nation and this very truth the Indian players admits time to time subconsciously as is evident in this case,” it added.