GUWAHATI, JULY 27: No militant outfit can remain effective without having safe launching pads from where they can launch operations. After the offensive launched by Myanmar Army, all the militant groups of Northeast are facing the heat and members of the outfits are on the run. There is no specific input about the possibility of militants trying to indulge in acts of violence in the run-up to the Independence Day, but the security forces on the ground are kept on alert.
Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that there has been no let-up of the operations launched by Myanmar Army against militant groups of Northeast. After taking over the major camps of the outfits, including those of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), Myanmar Army personnel are trying to flush out the members of the militant outfits who are hiding in the villages and forests. A camp of Myanmar Army has been set up in Taga area where most of the militant groups had strong bases and it would be difficult for militants to survive in the forests away from human habitation during the rainy season. Sources said that according to information available with the Indian security agencies, several senior members of the militant outfits are now in the custody of the security forces of Myanmar.
Sources revealed that most of the members of the militant groups are now taking shelter in the Naga villages across the border and as security along the India-Myanmar border has been intensified, no large scale movement of militants from Myanmar to India has been noticed.
However, there have been reports that small groups of militants are moving around in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh and some are reportedly spotted in Mon district of Nagaland.
Sources pointed out that the militant groups have already lost all bases in Bhutan and Bangladesh and if they lose their bases in Myanmar, it would not be possible for them to survive. Though a handful of members of the ULFA (I) managed to sneak into Assam following the Myanmar Army operations early this year, most of them surrendered. At least 30 members of the outfit surrendered within this year and a few have been arrested.
Security sources revealed that the ULFA (I) leaders are in touch with a few former militants, who are not satisfied with the progress of talks and the possibility of a few disgruntled former militants helping out the ULFA (I) cannot be ruled out. To deal with this issue, the security forces are keeping a watch on the activities of the former militants.