Indian Army using KNA-B to attack PLA, says RPF
RPF urges Myanmar insurgents to rethink policy, outlook towards India

Source: Chronicle News Service

Imphal, June 21 2024: While accusing Indian Army of using Myanmar insurgents particularly cadres of Kuki National Army-Burma (KNA-B) as a proxy force to attack PLA and other revolutionary organisations of WESEA region, the proscribed Revolutionary People's Front (RPF) has called upon Myanmar insurgents to learn from history and rethink of their policy and outlook towards India.

Further calling upon Myanmar insurgents especially KNA-B to learn from the history and experience of Bangladesh and LTTE, to seriously ponder over about the policy and outlook towards the fraternal revolutionary organisations of WESEA region through critical retrospection, the RPF said that this is a genuine call on Myanmar Insurgents from the outfit.

According to a statement of RPF issued by its deputy secretary of publicity Roben Khuman, representatives of RPF met leaders of Chin National Front (CNF) of Myanmar namely Alexander and Dr Benjamin in 1994 in Bangladesh to establish a relationship and to build camps inside their territory even if the relationship of CNF with the Indian Intelligence and Indian Army as well known.

In 1995, Dr Benjamin asked unexpectedly about RPF's 'Weapons Transportation Planning' and he even demanded 25 percent of the consignment as levy if it was to pass through their territory.

Thereafter, CNF aided the Operation Golden Bird launched by the Indian Army in 1995 to intercept weapon consignments by providing details to Indian Military Intelligence.

Then in 1997, the RPF leaders met with a prominent leader of CNF at UN Building in Geneva, Switzerland and there ensued a brief argument between the two sides about the 1995 incident (Operation Golden Bird) but brought an understanding finally.

During that time, RPF leaders told CNF leaders that 'Even if we have different enemies, in principle we are revolutionary brothers who are fighting for our freedom.

We are not enemies; we should not fight each other' .

Since then (1997), there has been no confrontation between the two organisations.

But then again, about a quarter of century later, on January 13, 2022, a joint force of Indian Army's Special Force Para Regiment and Chin National Army (CNA), army of CNF, attacked a PLA camp.

On November 13, 2021, PLA killed a Commanding Officer (CO) of Assam Rifles who was boasting himself as a 'Friend of Chin and Kuki people' in an ambush.

Because of the AR CO's overweening arrogance and defying operation protocols, he lost everything including his own life.

The Indian Army and Indian Intelligence pressured CNF to take revenge against PLA for killing the CO of AR, who was a dearest friend of CNF and Chin-Kuki people.

Thereby, on early morning of January 13, 2022, a combined force of 21 Para Regiment (Special Force) of Indian Army along with CNA attacked 252 Mobile Battalion of PLA (date 13 was chosen intentionally to match the 13th of November to justify revenge?).

In the said revenge attack, three PLA cadres made the ultimate sacrifice as the Indian and Chin combined force also suffered around a dozen causalities including cadres and officers of CNA meaninglessly, the RPF said.

According to the statement, Indian Army has been using Kuki National Army-Burma (KNA-B) cadres as a proxy force to attack PLA andother revolutionary organisations of Manipur and WESEA region.

In addition, India is using the name of KNA-B for its Unconventional Military Activities - the conduct of sabotage, subversion, and destabilisation through undeclared Indian forces - outside WESEA region targeting Myanmar directly.

While asserting that RPF does not have any policy or reason to attack any foreign insurgents and accordingly PLA, in principle and praxis, never attack them except defending self, the statement said that fraternal insurgent groups must understand that RPF's conflict is only with India since India occupied of Manipur forcibly in 1949 and RPF is resisting the occupation.

Any publications or posts in the mass media about PLA attacking other foreign insurgents or ethnic Communities are not only 'far from the truth' but also cheap propaganda by India and its henchmen.

A cheap propaganda cannot tarnish the image of RPF because everybody knows that 'RPF always has a bee in its bonnet about Principle'; Principle is the backbone of a genuine revolutionary organisation.

The RPF statement further said that all the genuine insurgent organisations of the neighbouring country are not conflicting parties of WESEA region and accordingly there is no reason to be at war with each other (revolutionary brothers).

It then called upon genuine insurgent organisations of Myanmar to stop attacking revolutionary organisations of WESEA.

While maintaining that RPF and its armed wing PLA have a desire to maintain amity with any genuine insurgents of neighbouring foreign country to prevent unnecessary loss of lives and resources, the statement said PLA ought to take up best form of defensive tactics for self-protection at the moment.

According to the RPF statement, people should be aware that deception and betrayal are trademarks of the Government of India and politicians as well.

It went on to maintain that on the verge of OP: Golden Bird, the Indian Army misinformed the Myanmar government that a joint force of CNF and PLA were going to attack Myanmar Military posts in Chin State of Myanmar.

As Myanmar realised about India's deception and some other reasons, Myanmar Army pulled out of the operation.

Post 1971, Bangladesh people frown upon India, even though Bangladesh received India's support in their liberation movement, for meddling in their internal affairs and espousing the mala fide intent that India should have annexed Bangladesh instead of helping Bangladesh to get its independence.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), an armed insurgency fighting for a separate state in Sri Lanka, assassinated Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 because of India's betrayal and role of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) against LTTE in Sri Lanka.

For how long India would be using CNF and KNA-B as disposable tools for its own benefit under the pretext of supporting their struggle for democracy against Myanmar government, the RPF questioned.

Moreover, the policy of fighting against revolutionary organisation of WESEA region and appointing Assam Rifles soldiers as commanders of KNA-B, merits introspection.

It is high time for Myanmar insurgents especially KNA-B, by way of learning from the history and experience of Bangladesh and LTTE, to think again about the policy and outlook towards India and more importantly towards the fraternal revolutionary organisations of WESEA region engaging in a critical retrospection, it added.

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