It is possible that AR’s intelligence cell would have picked the smuggling of the consignment in the later stages of Arakan Army effort and missed out on the actual scale. He said TCL, a Norinco front, loaded the consignment on a ship at Heibei, a small fishing port in South China in the early part of February, even when the Corona pandemic was raging in China. "[19] The purpose of the AA, as stated by its second-in-command Brigadier General Nyo Twan Awng, is to "protect our Arakan people, and to establish peace, justice, freedom and development. After carrying the huge consignment to Sandak(Mro), the AA has smuggled the arms into Rakhine using the Parva corridor in South Mizoram here the local Khumi villagers are friendly to the insurgents. Established on April 10, 2009 Arakan Army led by Arakan’s younger generations, has become one of the most credibility army forces in Burma fighting for self-determination, national equality, justice and freedom. The Arakan Army later stated that it had captured nine BGP personnel and five civilians, and that three of its fighters were also killed in the attacks. The TCL connection has earlier figured in a successful NIA case investigating an attempt by the rebels of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland(Issam-Muivah) to bring in a huge consignment of weapons by the same Monakhali-Wyakaung route in 2010. [27], In December 2015, the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army engaged in several days of fighting, around 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Sittwe at the border between Kyauktaw and Mrauk U townships. They were, however, forced to abort their plan following Shimray’s arrest in September 2010. [45] On the same day, AA insurgents managed to conquer the front line commanding post of Rakhine State's Gwa Township-based No. Bilawal Bhutto slams Imran Khan's 'heartless government' for sacking over 4,500 PSM employees In 2019, when a phase of the Kaladan project was nearing its completion, the Arakan Army shifted its area of operation to Rakhine and Southern Chin. Used as an infantry fire support weapon. In Naypyidaw, news press conference by Tatmadaw saying that they helicopters attacks are necessary to wipe the insurgents on their duty said by military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun. [34] Thirteen members of the Border Guard Police (BGP) were killed and nine others were injured,[35][36][37] whilst 40 firearms and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition were looted. : ARSA, früher: Harakah al-Yaqin) ist eine separatistisch-islamistische Rebellengruppe der ethno-religiösen Minderheit der Rohingya, die für die Sezession des Rakhaing-Staates von Myanmar und die Gründung eines eigenen unabhängigen Staates auf Grundlage der Scharia kämpft. 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Willy, of Thai-Chinese origin, was one of the four accused chargesheeted by the NIA in its case number RC-01. As a result, they took up arms against the Myanmar Army in support of the KIA. It is not clear whether the AA has paid TCL or whether the Chinese intelligence would have organised covert payment. He said the NIA has emails exchanged between Shimray and Willy and electronic receipts sent to Shimray for the payment. The warranted search of the house resulted in the confiscation of 42 pieces of military … According to the Myanmar Peace Monitor, the AA had more than 1,500 troops in 2014,[13] including personnel stationed in the Rakhine State near Myanmar's border with Bangladesh. That the AA has concentrated much strength in Paletwa which is in Chin state bordering Mizoran is perhaps because it is easier to reach arms consignments brought by sea to Paletwa rather than across the Rakhine coast where the Burmese navy is active. A top expert on Asia’s arms trafficking based in Bangkok told this writer that the Chinese state-owned ordnance company Norinco supplies non-state actors like Arakan Army using some fronts. The Chinese have earlier supplied Manpads to the United Wa State Army, which is so strong that the Tatmadaw does not dare attack it. [24], In April 2015, the AA clashed with the Myanmar Army in Kyauktaw Township of Rakhine State and Paletwa Township of Chin State. [17] In January 2019, the AA's numbers increased to an estimated 7,000–8,000 troops.[18][4]. The weapons, worth 30 million baht (almost $1 million), were meant to be supplied to the Arakan Army and Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), both active in Rakhine, the people said. The consignment containing 500 assault rifles, 30 Universal Machine Guns, 70000 rounds of ammunition and a huge stock of grenades was brought in by sea and offloaded at the Monakhali beach not far from the coastal junction of Myanmar and Bangladesh in the third week of February. Up to 400 pieces a year and ammunitions produced … [51] On 19 March 2020, the Tatmadaw made a statement claiming that its forces could break the Arakan Army's siege of the outpost. Cavlin and Hangshi Ramson, to procure arms and ammunition from China. The Arakan Army was raised in 2009, under the Kachin Independence Organisation along … [14][15][16] The Irrawaddy stated in September 2015 that the AA had 2,500 troops and 10,000 supporters. Many others were injured. The other two NSCN (I-M) leaders are still absconding. “Willy had told Thai police and then the NIA that the arms consignment for the NSCN was to start from Beihei port in South China Sea near Vietnam to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The seized weapons were original Chinese made and were meant to be smuggled to insurgent groups on the Myanmar border as they pay good prices. The consignment included AK-47 assault rifles. The source said the payment was made to the Chinese firm through normal banking channels via a leading private bank’s branch in an African country. So unlike the Indian army attacking AA bases in southern  Mizoram and even conducting ‘Operation Sunrise’ last year in a bid to get their Kaladan Multimodal project operationalised, Bangladesh can afford to look the other way because it has no stake in Rakhine. A TCL manager Lin who also goes by the name of Yuthna was instrument in loading the cargo on the ship. So after mobilising additional troops for ‘Operation Sunrise’ in which some AA bases in South Mizoram were demolished, the Assam Rifles had to pull back most of them for deployment in other insurgency affected states of Northeast India. Another top source in Chittagong says that Bangladesh intelligence has received unconfirmed reports that the Burmese military is trying to develop close links with the former rebels of Shanti Bahini in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to use them in the area against the Arakanese and Rohingya rebels. 5 more die of Covid19 in Assam; death toll reaches 1,017, 19 Bangladeshis including 17 women return from India after serving 2 years in jail, Assam: NTPC Bongaigaon ‘Black Treasure’ team wins first prize at ER-II Regional Quality Circle Convention 2020. The AA rebels now seem to be using the same route inside Bangladesh (Wyakaung beach to Thanchi to Parva in Mizoram) that the northeastern rebels have used before. “Shimray had told Yuthna that the NSCN (I-M) wants to procure arms for $1million (approximately Rs 60 crore), including AK-series automatic rifles, light machine guns, rocket launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and five lakh rounds of ammunition,” the official said. China supplying weapons to Arakan Army armed group to weaken India, Myanmar: Report China is supplying funds and sophisticated weaponry to armed groups in Myanmar and the Naypyitaw-designated terrorist group, the Arakan Army, to have leverage over Myanmar and India, Licas News reported. In an interview with The Irrawaddy, Arakan Army commander-in-chief Twan Mrat Naing replied to an interviewer's question by saying, "Whether the objective is to obtain a federal union of democracy or the more autonomous confederate status like that of Wa State, the political objective of the group is to obtain confederate status for Rakhine State, and we prefer confederate status like that of Wa State, which has a larger share of power in line with the constitution. [52], On 23 June 2020, Thai authorities raided a house in the border town of Mae Sot (next to Kayin State), seizing a large stash of newly manufactured weapons originating from China. It is the first of its kind new media initiative in the northeast, and is based in Guwahati. In Myanmar, China is currently supplying arms and ammunition to the Arakan Army, which is active in Chin and Rakhine states of Myanmar bordering Mizoram. Armed groups in Myanmar -- including the United Wa State Army and the Arakan Army, which was designated a terrorist organization this year -- … According to the NIA, a middleman introduced Shimray to Willy, who runs a spa and a restaurant in Bangkok. Arakan Army and local villagers … The seizing of the consignment was in Mae Sot district bordering Myanmar’s Karen state. Nearly 150 Rakhine porters drawn from various villages of Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh and accompanied by 50 fighters of Arakan Army carried this consignment on foot and mules through Gundum and Rejupara, Uhalapalonh and Paglirara crisscrossing the very hilly border region. The AA is said to have strong links with China since its formation in Kachin in 2009. A steady supply of weapons from China is reaching insurgent groups in Myanmar, including the Arakan Army that has been posing a threat to the Kaladan project and is setting up camps bordering the southern tip of Mizoram, recent intelligence reports say. The Arakan Army was raised in 2009, under the Kachin Independence Organisation along the China border – the same year the Kaladan project was declared by India. [1] 563 Light Infantry Battalion under the supervision of Light Infantry Division No. Clashes continued afterwards and peaked in the second week of March when the Arakan Army claimed it captured 36 soldiers, including the Battalion Commander, from the Light Infantry Battalion (7) under the command of the 77th Light Infantry Division. Led by a group of professionals, the digital news platform covers every inch of the eight states of northeast India and the five neighbouring countries. Further investigation revealed that he rented a house together with Wai Tha Tun in North Dagon Township. According to a press release by the Arakan Army, 11 personnel, including four military engineers, were captured and 16 backhoe excavators, one Toyota car, a dump truck, and 60 mm and 80 mm mortars were confiscated. The Rakhine State government issued a notice blocking non-governmental organisations and UN agencies, except for the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Food Programme, from travelling to rural areas in these townships affected by the conflict. But under pressure from NSCN(I-M) whose negotiations with the Indian government is now in its final stages, Delhi released Shimray, who had been earlier been picked by Indian intelligence at Kathmandu airport and booked under NSA. "[6], According to the BBC, there is popular support for the Arakan Army in Mrauk U and a number of men from the town have recently joined the group. The separatist Arakan Army (AA) fighting Myanmar troops in an intensified conflict in the coastal province of Rakhine and the neighbouring state of Chin has managed to land and bring in a huge consignment of weapons and ammunition through Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts. In April 2015, the AA clashed with the Myanmar Army in Kyauktaw Township of Rakhine State and Paletwa Township of Chin State. [30], In November 2017, the group was involved in heavy clashes with the Tatmadaw in Chin State, in which 11 Tatmadaw soldiers were killed. The Assam Rifles which guards this frontier has thin deployment in the Parva area because Mizoram is a peaceful state and there is no local insurgency. Shimray had also paid $100,000 to shipping agent Kittichai of Intermarine Shipping Company of Bangkok. AN: Sittway. More than 593 instances of clashes between the Arakan Army and Myanmar were … The NIA had extracted crucial information about Willy’s contacts and their bases in Bangladesh and had pushed the  Bangladesh government to break the supply chain of arms for the Northeast rebel groups. Myanmar's Anti-Terrorism Central Committee designates Arakan Army a terrorist group in accordance with the country's counter-terrorism law. They have done these for northeast Indian rebels in the past. Both of these groups are active in Rakhine. The New Delhi officials said those arrested explained that Indian insurgents were being supplied weapons by the Arakan Army, which in turn received China’s support to … The case was registered by the agency in 2010 in connection with the alleged conspiracy by NSCN (I-M) leaders Anthony Shimray, T.R. He was unwilling to be named for fear of harassment by security forces who resent sensitive disclosures. [29], Following clashes between Rohingya insurgents and Burmese security forces in northern Rakhine State in October 2016, the Arakan Army released a press statement, calling the perpetrators (the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army) "savage Bengali Muslim terrorists" and the violence a "rampage of the Bengali Islamic fundamentalist militants in northern Arakan. The nearest Bangladesh army camps hardly send out patrols in these hilly terrain and the cantonment of Alikadam is far away. Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Abk. Local residents reported two chief monks in Mrauk U have been missing since August 18 and Myanmar army seized some weapons in a Buddhist monastery on August 19. In April-May 1995, the Indian army had intercepted a group of Naga, Manipuri and Assamese rebels which was carrying into Northeast a huge consignment of weapons that had been landed at Wyakaung. On the high seas, the consignment was to be shifted to small fishing trawlers to reach Bangladesh, and then to the Northeast,” said a top NIA official, but again wishing to remain anonymous. According to him, Shimray had paid $700,000 to TCL through Willy in May, 2009. [41] Civilian casualties,[42] arbitrary detention of ethnic Rakhine villagers,[43] and military blockage of food aid and medical relief were also reported. The Arakan Army (Burmese: ရက္ခိုင့်တပ်တော်; abbreviated AA) is a Rakhine armed group in Myanmar (Burma), founded on 10 April 2009. [31], On 21 December 2018, the Myanmar Army declared a four-month unilateral ceasefire in five conflict areas, saying it would hold talks with non-signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) during the ceasefire period. Sources also said that China provides up to 95 per cent of Arakan Army's fundings. Top sources in Assam Rifles confirmed that they have ‘credible reports’ of movement of an arms consignment of Arakan Army through the Parva corridor in the Mizoram-CHT-Chin trijunction in March. Definite evidence has surfaced that the consignment had a trouble-free landing at the Monakhali beach near Whaikyang (Wyakuang in Burmese) on February 21 night. At the same time, the Myanmar Army has been escalating the major offensive assaults in the environs of Rathedaung (Kyauk-Tan) and Minbya (Hpa-Pyo), using not only heavy artillery fire but also the weapons that had not been used in Arakan and other battlefields. Willy also had to be let off and the case practically closed down. “It seems the Bangladesh forces in the area look the other way and do not disturb the AA both because it is a strong force and also because it is creating a huge problem for the Myanmarese forces that generals and admirals in Dhaka and Chittagong may not be very unhappy about,” ” one top source in Cox’s Bazar said. As the political dynamics in the northeast is intricate and fluid, Northeast Now is always politically neutral. [28] Several Tatmadaw personnel, including one commanding officer, were killed in sniper attacks. [44], On 9 March 2019, around 60 AA insurgents launched an evening attack on Yoe-ta-yoke Police Station. Its spokesman Khaine Tukkha recently said “China recognises us while India does not” which explains why AA does not disturb the Chinese deep seaport at Kyaukphyu but kidnaps and badgers Indian construction workers involved in the Kaladan project. 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