After 14 years, NSCN(K) to be banned again

Amid threat perception, MHA team to tour Northeast 

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New Delhi/ Guwahati, June 12: The Centre will soon re-impose a ban on the tiol Socialist Council of galim (NSCN) faction led by SS Khaplang, days after the ga outfit carried out one of the deadliest terror attacks, killing 18 armymen at Chandel in Manipur.

The Union Home ministry has already prepared a note for the Union Cabinet for declaring Khaplang's NSCN-K faction an outlawed group in the wake of the stepped up offensive, especially the June 4 incident. “We have prepared the note for consideration of the Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs…Once it is approved by the cabinet, the NSCN-K will again be a banned organization,” a top government official told The Sentinel.

The NSCN-K was a proscribed organization till 2001, but the ban was withdrawn following its ceasefire agreement with New Delhi.

Khaplang, a ga from Myanmar, has several camps of his outfit located deep inside the jungles of the neighbouring country. He has also given shelter to several militant organizations from other Northeastern states. The 75-year-old rebel leader is the chairman of the newly floated ‘United tiol Liberation Front of West South East Asia’, a joint front of some NE rebel groups, including the Ulfa(I), KLO and NDFB(S).

However, following the June 4 assault, the Indian army reportedly went 12 kilometers inside Myanmar territory and killed an unspecified number of militants, allegedly belonging to the PLA, MNLF and NSCN-K.

Security sources indicated that the NSCN(K) leadership has issued instructions to its cadres to launch attacks on security forces, particularly on Assam Rifles in eastern galand.

Security sources in galand said intelligence inputs also suggested there could be attempts on security forces on the Dimapur-Kohima-Imphal route. Security forces have intensified patrolling in these areas.  Meanwhile, a team from the Union Home ministry is expected to visit the Northeastern states to review the law and order situation. The Central team is likely to tour the region from June 24 to 26.

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