NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to draw up an action plan against the National Socialist Council of Nagaland- Khaplang (NSCN-K) before the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) takes a decision to proscribe the outfit.
Top MHA sources said that the CCS has not discussed the note prepared by the ministry in June recommending that the NSCN(K) be outlawed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The sources explained that the Prime Minister wanted to discuss and finalise the action plan against the militant outfit, which is responsible for the June 4 ambush in Manipur in which 18 soldiers were killed.
“It was conveyed that the PM wants action against the outfit and merely outlawing it would not suffice. Since the surgical strike last month was immediate retaliation, it has been decided that the government will hunt them down through a sustained operation. The Cabinet note to ban the NSCN(K) is ready and with the addition of action plan, a fresh note will be sent to the CCS for its consideration,” they confirmed.
The action plan, an officer familiar with the developments said, will have details of NSCN (K), Ulfa and KYKL camps inside Myanmar and a dossier on its links with other outfits in the region. The officer claimed that the ambush on Army was planned by NSCN(K) leader Khaplang on the insistence of Ulfa’s fugitive chief Paresh Baruah, who is also operating from Myanmar.
He said NSCN(K) dominates Sagaing division and Konyak Naga region in Myanmar.
Ulfa camps, the officer noted, are situated on the periphery of Pakai hills, hardly six-seven km away from NSCN(K) camps.