When millions of Indians were hailing the Balakot Air Strike and handful of Indians demanding proof of it, the Indian Army carried out of another deadly and successful surgical strike on the militants along the Indo-Myanmar border, with the help of Myanmar Army.
Even though this surgical strike had taken place from between 17 February and 2 March, the preparation for this was taking place since past two months. The motive was to wipe out a threat to the massive Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport project which is intended to connect Kolkata port with Sittwe Port in Myanmar. The project was in the hit list of militants as it would reduce the travel distance between Mizoram and Kolkata by about a thousand kilometer.
Speaking on the strike, a senior security officer said “A deal was cut out that after the action adjoining Mizoram the Myanmar army will hit the insurgent camps of other groups that have been targeting India. This resulted in totally wiping out of Taga, the HQ of NSCN (K). Based on specific inputs provided by us the Myanmar Army hit these camps and is now occupying them”.
This mega operation (strike) had taken place in two phases. In the first phase, Indian and Myanmar armies attacked and destroyed the newly constructed terror camps that were present at the borders of Mizoram. In the second phase, the armies attacked the Naga group, NSCN (K).
India Today report said “The deployment for the operation included Special Forces of the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and other infantry units. Helicopters, drones and other surveillance equipment were also used during the operations to make an accurate assessment of movement of the insurgent groups and their camps”.
This covert operation was named as “Operation Sunrise” and several Indian army regiments like Assam rifles and other infantry were a part of this joint op.