Government extends ban on Naga militant NSCN-K faction
Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), government of India has extended the ban on radical Naga outfit National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) for five more years for its indulgence in violence in the Northeast regions.
As per the MHA’s notification extending the ban, NSCN-K continues to pursue the agenda of creation of sovereign a Nagaland by incorporating the Naga inhabited regions of the Indo-Myanmarese region by means of secession.
The notification also highlighted that NSCN-K undermines the authority of Government of India, and the Governments of Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh and spreads terror and panic among the people.
The outfit, as per the MHA, has indulged in 104 violent incidents which have resulted into deaths of seven security personnel and six civilians, apart from the abduction of 75 civilians.
The group is aligning itself with other unlawful associations like the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Meitei organisations of Manipur and indulging in kidnapping for ransom and extortion of money from businessmen, government officials and other civilians.
“Now therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section ( l) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967), the central government hereby declares the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) along with all its factions, wings and front organisations, as an unlawful association,” the notification issued by Joint Secretary in the home ministry Satyendra Garg said.
The central government is also of the opinion that if there is no immediate curb and control of unlawful activities of the NSCN-K, the organisation may make fresh recruitment
The home ministry said the NSCN-K has its professed aim to create a sovereign Nagaland incorporating the Naga inhabited areas of the Indo-Myanmar region by secession from the Indian Union in alliance with other armed secessionist organisations of Nagaland and Northeastern region.
It should be noted that the MHA had first banned the outfit in 2015 after the latter had violated the agreed-upon ceasefire agreement in Manipur and attacked the Indian Army, resulting into the tragic demise of 18 soldiers.