• The extremist groups of Manipur operating from their hideouts across the International Border are increasingly feeling the heat of the civil war in adjoining Myanmar.
  • Officials of the security forces manning the India-Myanmar border said the once-tolerant local people have been turning on the members of extremist groups in Manipur, specifically the Valley-Based Insurgent Groups (VBIGs) over the past few months.
  • It is a term for groups comprising people from the Imphal Valley.
  • The pressure on the VBIGs is learnt to have increased since December 28, 2022, when three pro-democracy groups joined hands to ambush and kill seven members of the Shanni Nationalities Army (Red), a Burmese militia aligned with the Myanmar Army.
  • The ambush took place between Myothit and Mintha on the Indo-Myanmar Friendship Road that Border Roads Organisation built more than a decade ago.
  • The three pro-democracy outfits that carried out the ambush are the 1 Battalion of the People’s Democratic Force of the Tamu region near Manipur’s border town Moreh, the Kuki National Army (Burma) and the Kabaw Chin National Defence Force.
  • “These incidents between the pro-democracy forces and the Myanmar Army are a fallout of the civil war. These are messages from the natives that foreign forces trying to obstruct their fight for democracy are no longer welcome,” an officer of a paramilitary force said


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