Thai police nabs arms dealer, buying weapons for India, China & Myanmar involved Naga rebles

English: Yimchunger Naga people at the morung ...

English: Yimchunger Naga people at the morung of Kutur village. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thailand’s police arrested an arms dealer, who was in the process of exporting about US$2 million worth of weapons to a Naga rebel group in India, where the rebel activity has involved Myanmar and China. Charoen Sasilak, a Thai police commander, said those arrested were in the process of negotiation the purchase of 1,000s guns and a number of rocket grenade launchers. The ethnic conflict in Nagaland, in northeastern India, is an ongoing conflict fought between the ethnic Nagas and Tangkhuls in the area, complicated by the support of some for rebel groups seeking independence for the state. It is located near Myanmar, where rebels regularly take cover. The Tangkhuls wanted to defeat or drive away the Kukis, a Naga people living in the Ukhrul district of Manipur. The various groups involved in this conflict include several rebel groups, the “National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah),” which purportedly wants a Christian religious state; the “National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang)”, which wants an independent “greater Nagaland” to include territory now in Myanmar, based on ethnicity; and the “Naga National Council (Adino)”. The first insurgencies occurred in the early 1950s. They subsided gradually or were repressed in the early 1980s. In 1993, violence erupted again between the Nagas and the Kukis. At least 34,000 died in the conflict between 1954 and 1975. (Source)

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