NSCN-IM chief Thuingaleng Muivah. (File image)

The Centre is planning to appoint former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Special Director Akshaya Kumar Mishra as the interlocutor for Naga peace talks.

The Central government on Friday removed RN Ravi as the Nagaland Governor due to following his difference of Naga insurgent groups including NSCN (IM).

After removal as Governor, the ministry of home affairs is planning to remove Ravi as peace talk interlocutor as well.

“Both the governor and interlocutor’s positions in Nagaland are interrelated. Ravi was sent as the governor there, much to NSCN (I-M)’s dislike, to do the needful and speed up the peace process. This didn’t happen. So his replacement would most likely be announced soon,” The Wire quoted a source as saying.

“Ravi will most likely be replaced by Akshay Kumar Mishra, retired additional/special director of Intelligence Bureau. The 1987 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre has anyway been dealing with the NSCN after relations between Muivah and Ravi plunged,” the news website quoted a source.

Mishra, a 1987 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Rajasthan cadre, retired in June this year and is posted as an advisor in the MHA.

There are also reports that Arvind Kumar, Director of IB, is likely to join Mishra as an additional Interlocutor for the Naga peace talks.

The huge trust deficit between Nagaland Governor RN Ravi and the Naga insurgent groups reportedly led to his exit from the northeastern state.

Ravi was crossing swords with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) for the last two years.

The Centre appointed Ravi, a 1976 batch IPS officer from the Kerala cadre, as Naga peace talk interlocutor in 2015.

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