India asks Myanmar to hand over Khaplang, 3 others
India has asked Myanmar to hand over four top leaders of Naga outfit NSCN-K, including its chief SS Khaplang, holding them responsible for killing of 18 Army soldiers in Manipur on June 4.
New Delhi: India has asked Myanmar to hand over four top leaders of Naga outfit NSCN-K, including its chief SS Khaplang, holding them responsible for killing of 18 Army soldiers in Manipur on June 4.
Besides Khaplang, India sought the custody of Niki Sumi, Kirichu and Asang, who were believed to have planned and supervised the attack in Manipur's Chandel district.
The request was placed during the meeting of India- Myanmar Joint Consultative Committee held here last month, government sources said.
The Indian delegation told the Myanmarese team that the four had hatched the conspiracy to attack the Indian soldiers and directly supervised the execution of the plan.
The sources said the Myanmar delegation, however, remained non-committal over India's request to hand over the NSCN-K leaders.
Khaplang, a Naga from Myanmar, was reportedly undergoing treatment at a hospital in Yangon on the day of the attack. However, later he shifted to his base in Taga, located along the Sino-Myanmar border.
The other three NSCN-K leaders are also believed to be in Myanmar and they shuttle between Taga and the outfit's other camps.
Days after the attack, Indian Army commandos carried out an attack on NSCN-K camps along the border with Myanmar.