NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has prepared a Cabinet note to impose a ban on insurgent outfit Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang faction (NSCN-K), which had carried out the deadly June 4 ambush on an Army convoy in Manipur.
The NSCN-K had earlier been outlawed by New Delhi till 2001, but the MHA had lifted the ban after the outfit signed a ceasefire agreement with the Centre.
“After the Cabinet approval, which is most likely to come on Monday, the NSCN-K would be declared a banned organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Currently, we have 38 organisations in the list of banned terrorist organisations under Section 35 of the UAPA,” sources said.
A ceasefire between the Centre and NSCN-K was signed in 2001 as part of the Naga peace process. It had also signed a peace pact with the NSCN-IM and NSCN-Khole-Kitovi faction.
The outfits such as the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), People’s Liberation Army (PLA), United National Liberation Front (UNLF), People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), Kanglei Yaol Kanba Lup (KYKL), Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF), All Tripura Tiger Force, National Liberation Front of Tripura, Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (all its formations and front organisations) and the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) have been banned by the MHA.
All these groups were learnt to have established their camps, shelter houses and training centres in Myanmar. According to government data, 824 terror attacks were reported in NorthEast states in which 413 persons were killed. The security forces had managed to nab 1,934 ultras.
Doval to Visit Myanmar
Close on the heels of the hot pursuit inside the Myanmar territory, National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval is likely to visit Nay Pyi Taw on June 17 to hold talks with the top security and defence officials there.
Doval, who steered the entire operation along with Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag, is also expected to meet Myanmar President U Thein Sein to discuss further joint action against the insurgent outfits operating from their soil. “The country would like to have further cooperation to nail all the groups that have an informal ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar Armed Forces, Tatmadaw. It is no more a secret that several other outfits, including NSCN-K are operating from Taga region of upper Sagaing and they recently held a meeting. Doval will discuss all these issues and seek further cooperation to neutralise these groups,” sources said.
“The NSA will also share more evidence about the presence of these outfits inside Myanmar, seeking appropriate action from Tatmadaw,” he said.