- For the first time, the Centre has admitted officially that the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), named after its Myanmar-based leader S.S. Khaplang, intensified violence in the Northeast in 2015 at the behest of the Chinese.
- The admission was made in depositions by the Centre and other States before a tribunal set up early this year to adjudicate the ban on the insurgent outfit under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
- The full order of the tribunal, which upheld the decision to ban the outfit for five years, has neither been posted online nor publicised.
- The order reveals that Nagaland was the only State which was not in favour of declaring the NSCN-K an unlawful association and sought a “peaceful political solution”. Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur supported the ban.
- It was in September 2015, the Centre moved to ban the NSCN-K following which the tribunal under the UAPA, led by Delhi High Court judge Najmi Waziri, was set up.
- On February 12, when the tribunal was hearing the case in Gangtok, Sikkim, the Ministry of Home Affairs made a written submission that the NSCN-K “obtained assistance from anti-India forces in other countries to procure arms…in its struggle for the creation of a separate State,” the only direct reference to foreign help to the outfit.
Given to violence
- According to the Central government, the NSCN-K is professed to violent activities.
- According to the government’s intelligence report of April 2015, 130 cadres of NSCN-K were camping across the Myanmar border with the intention to assault Assam Rifles personnel and attacking their outposts at Longwa village in Mon district, while another armed group of 30-40 cadres was found to be proceeding towards Chenmoho in Mon district from its general headquarters at Throillo in Myanmar.
- It is the government’s view that the NSCN-K has been aiding and sheltering other unlawful groups such as ULFA, NDFB and CorCom, particularly at their bases in Myanmar.