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Surgery In The Eastern Theatre

Centre talks loudly about the cross-LoC strike, but hushes up anti-insurgency ops at the Myanmar border. A ground report.

Surgery In The Eastern Theatre
Photograph by Sandipan Chatterjee
The bridge over the Minal in Moreh, on the India-Myanmar border
Surgery In The Eastern Theatre
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2016-10-24T11:56:59+05:30

Night Vision

  • ‘Hot pursuit’ of Northeast militants  into Myanmar has been taking place since June 2015
  • These surgical strikes—there was one in late August—are with Myanmar’s cooperation
  • Security personnel say such cross-border attacks have  dealt a crushing blow to militant tactics

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“You should head back to Imphal before nightfall,” warns an Indian army officer at a camp in Moreh, the remote town in Manipur which lies right atop the India-Myanmar border. “The gates along the highway will shut by five,” he says. “Besides,” he adds under his breath, “it’s not very safe.”

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