New Delhi- The government has declared the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), all its formation and front organisations as a terrorists organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention ) Act,1967.
The action against the outfit and all its front organisations, which unilaterally breached the ceasefire agreement and carried out the massacre of 18 soldiers in Manipur in June, has been taken under the stringent provisions Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
“The Central Government believes that the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) is involved in terrorism”. A gazette notification has been issued on November 6 by the government against the NSCN(K), which had signed a peace agreement in March 2001 and withdrew unilaterally from it in March this year.
It is the 39th outfit to enter the list, which also include the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Islamic State, Indian Mujahideen, ULFA and the al Qaeda.
The NSCN(K), a militant outfit that came into existence in 1988, is active along the Indo-Myanmar border, Dimapur, Mon, Longleng, Phek, Kiphire, Zunheboto and Kohima districts of Nagaland, Changlang, Longding and Tirap districts of Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Tamenglong and Senapati districts of Manipur.
It has been “consolidating its position both organisationally and in terms of weapons and cadres to achieve the objective of a separate Sovereign Nagaland State, and has resorted to terrorism as a means to this end by killing innocent civilians and security forces and engaging in other violent activities including robbery, extortion, kidnapping and indiscriminate planting land mines”, the notification said.
The notification cited six incidents, including massacre of 18 Army personnel on June 4 in Chandel district of Manipur, this year to buttress its point that the outfit is involved in terrorist activities.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing cases against the NSCN(K), has already announced a reward of Rs 17 lakh for providing information about two top leaders of militant NSCN-K, including its chief S S Khaplang and Niki Sumi.