As many as 24 militants from Assam and Manipur were sentenced to two years of imprisonment by a district court in Myanmar after charging them under the country’s Unlawful Association Act, reports Times of India.
According to the report, these militants were arrested from their hideouts in the January by the Myanmar’s Army in a crackdown against Indian groups.
The militants sentenced to prison by Hkamti court in Sagaing region of Myanmar belongs to the Manipur People’s Army (MPA), United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), People’s Liberation Army of Manipur (PLA) and People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK).
“We prosecuted them under Article 17(1) because they are rebels,” Colonel Than Naing of the Northwestern Command was quoted in the Myanmarese daily The Irrawady as saying.
In January, the Myanmarese Army had launched a massive crackdown on the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland - Khaplang (NSCN-K). The Northwestern Command of the Myanmar’s Army, on 29 January, raided the headquarters of NSCN-K
in the Naga self-administered zone of Sagaing division, where the Indian militants were staying, and arrested 24 militants from Assam and Manipur.
“The flush-out by the Myanmarese army is still continuing, and we have reports of gunfights near Hoyat and Laonyu village along the India-Myanmar border,” a security source said, as reported by TOI.