Why have IAF aircrafts landed in Imphal?

Why have IAF aircrafts landed in Imphal?

On February 28, 1966, the Mizo National Army (MNA) revolted against India and fighting broke out across the region. A fleet of jets of the Indian Air force were pressed into service, hovering over Aizawl for an aerial bombardment against its own people which decimated a number of houses in flames.

Once again in the most unprecedented move from the Centre, the Indian Air force is spreading its network. Two Sukhoi SU-30 MKI jets of the Indian Air force made their way at Imphal International Airport for 20 minutes at around 10 am. Air force authorities were tight lipped to both the public and media over the reason for landing the fighter planes.

As per sources, the landing of the two Air force jet planes likely are to take part on flushing militants which are seeking shelter in Myanmar soil. The Indian Army few months boasted of a covert penetration behind enemy lines in Myanmar, the operation which was seen as a revenge over the ambush that led to deaths of 18 Indian Army soldiers in Manipur's Chandel district.

Cross border engagements has always sent alarm bells ringing but diplomacy to conduct fresh joint operation against the North East militants inside the Myanmar territory has been turned down many times by the earlier Myanmar Government. Close air support raids in counter insurgency operations has always been debatable. The landslide victory of Aung San Suu Kyi in the recent Myanmar election has brought a glimmer of hope to launch fresh operations against NE rebels which are basking at Myanmar's soil.

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