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RPF asks genuine insurgent groups not to be hostile
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 21 2024: The Revolutionary People's Front (RPF) has appealed to all genuine insurgent organisations of the 'neighbouring country' to stop attacking them as well as other revolutionary organisations of WESEA.

RPF and its army PLA have a desire to maintain amity with any genuine insurgents of the neighbouring foreign country, the outfit conveyed in a statement issued by its Deputy Secretary Publicity Roben Khuman.

It asserted, "If there is amity, we can prevent ourselves from unnecessary loss of lives and resources too.

For the moment, to protect ourselves from any kind of assault in the future, the PLA ought to take up the best forms of defensive strategies" .

In 1994, RPF representatives met with Mr Alexander and Dr Benjamin, leaders of Chin National Front (CNF) of Myanmar, 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 was well known.

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

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

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 (OP: Golden Bird) however the two organisations brought an understanding finally.

RPF expressed to the leader of the CNF 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 13th November 2021, PLA killed a Commanding Officer (CO) of Assam Rifles in an ambush who was boastful of being a "Friend of Chin and Kuki people".

Because of his overweening arrogance and defiance of operation protocols, he lost everything including his own life.

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

In the early morning of January 13, 2022, a combined force of 21 Para Regiment (Special Force) of Indian Army along with CNA attacked the 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 and the Indian and Chin combined force had also suffered around a dozen of casualties, with the CNA losing many of its valuable cadres including officers meaninglessly.

Furthermore, Indian Army has been using Kuki National Army-Burma (KNA-B) cadres as a proxy force to attack PLA and other revolutionary organisations of our region.

In addition, India is using the name of KNA-B for India's Unconventional Military Activities´┐Żthe conduct of sabotage, subversion, and destabilisation through undeclared Indian forces´┐Żoutside WESEA Region targeting Myanmar directly, it alleged.

On the other hand, RPF does not have any policy or reason to attack any foreign insurgents.

Therefore, PLA, in principle and praxis, never attacks them except defending 'ourselves', it said.

The fraternal insurgent groups must understand that RPF's conflict is only with India since India has been occupying 'our country' forcibly since 1949 and RPF is resisting India's occupation.

Any publications or posts in the mass media about the PLA attacking other foreign insurgents or ethnic communities are not only far from the truth but also a cheap propaganda initiated 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, it asserted.

"RPF would like to appeal again to all genuine insurgent organisations of the neighbouring country that you are not our conflicting parties of WESEA Region.

In principle, we are revolutionary brothers therefore there is no reason to be at war with each other.

Therefore, RPF is calling on you to stop attacking us, the Revolutionary Organisations of WESEA", it continued.

Deception and betrayal are trademarks of the Government of India and politicians as well.

Just ahead 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.

When Myanmar knew of India's deception and some other reasons, Myanmar Army pulled out of the operation, it said.

Post 1971 Bangladesh people frowned upon India even though Bangladesh got 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.

RPF questioned for how long India would be using CNF and KNA-B as disposable tools for India's own benefit in the name of supporting their struggle for democracy against the Myanmar Government.

If further questioned if the policy of fighting against revolutionary organisation of WESEA Region and appointing Assam Rifles soldiers as Commanders of KNA-B is really a right call.

It is high time for Myanmar insurgents especially KNA-B, by way of learning from the history and experience of Bangladesh and LTTE, to retrospect and 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.


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