New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday extended ban on the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) by declaring it as an unlawful association, including its all factions, wings and frontal organisations, for another five years.
The MHA, in a notification issued on Gazette of India, said, ”Central Government is of the firm opinion that it is necessary to declare the NSCN (K), along with all its factions, wings and front organisations, as an unlawful association with immediate effect and accordingly, in exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 3 of the said Act, the Central Government hereby directs that this notification shall, subject to any order that may be made under section 4 of the said Act, have effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.”
The Naga insurgent group, since it was first banned in 2015, has been involved in 104 violent incidents, resulting in the death of seven security personnel and six civilians, and abduction of 75 civilians, the MHA said in the notification.
The insurgent group had in 2015 abrogated the ceasefire agreement with the Centre and carried out a string of attacks, including killing 18 soldiers in an ambush in Manipur the same year.
”Central Government is of the opinion that the aforesaid activities of the NSCN (K) are detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India and that it is an unlawful association and 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, indulge in violent, terrorist and secessionist activities, collect funds and endanger the lives of innocent civilians and security forces personnel and therefore, circumstances do exist which render it necessary to declare the NSCN (K) as an unlawful association with immediate effect, the Home Ministry further said, in the Gazette notification.
It is also trying to engage in unlawful and violent activities thereby undermining the authority of the Government of India and the Governments of Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh and spreading terror and panic among the people, the MHA observed and said that this outfit is aligning itself with other unlawful association like the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), Meitei organisations of Manipur.
It indulges in kidnapping for ransom and extortion of money from businessmen, Government officials and other civilians and establishing camps and hideouts across the international borders, obtaining assistance from anti-India forces in other countries to procure arms and other assistance, the notification added.