Indian workers rescued from an NSCN(K) base in Myanmar
New Delhi: At a time when people in Myanmar are crossing the international border into India, four Indian workers were in Myanmar, their safety not very certain.
The four young men, working near the International border pillar No 128 were kidnapped by NSCN (K) insurgents and taken to Myanmar on March 25.
The insurgents took the four young men-- Panchong and Canaan Raising of Poi village, Thumlan Vashum of New Tusom, and Thanrim NK of Chingai-- to Kongkaong village in Myanmar, where they have a base camp and demanded ransom.
The insurgents were armed; some of them were carrying sophisticated weapons. All four workmen were from the border villages of Ukhrul.
All four were rescued on April 1 after the Assam Rifles as well as village elders on both sides of the border intervened. This is one of the rare instances when Indians, kidnapped and taken across the border into Myanmar are released after negotiations.
Meanwhile, fighting between government security forces and those opposing the military takeover is close to spilling across to the Indian side.
Early in the morning of April 2, there was heavy fighting in Tamu, a town in Myanmar barely 250 metres from the international border.