The Union home ministry has extended the ban on the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) by notifying it along with all its factions, wings and front organisations as “unlawful association”.
The MHA in a notification issued on Monday said, “Central government is of the firm opinion that it is necessary to declare the NSCN (K) along with all its factions, wings and front organisations as an unlawful association with immediate effect; and accordingly, in exercise of the powers conferred by the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 3 of the said Act, the Central government hereby directs that this notification shall, subject to any order that may be made under section 4 of the said Act, have effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.”
The Centre is of the opinion that the NSCN (K) is continuously aiming to create a sovereign Nagaland incorporating the Naga inhabited areas of Indo-Myanmar region by secession from the Indian Union.
It is also trying to engage in unlawful and violent activities thereby undermining the authority of the Government of India and the Governments of Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh and spreading terror and panic among the people.
“The outfit is aligning itself with other unlawful association like the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Meitei organisations of Manipur. It indulges in kidnapping for ransom and extortion of money from businessmen, Government officials and other civilians,” the ministry said.
It said that the outfit is embarking on a drive for recruitment of cadres to continue its terrorist activities.
“It is also establishing camps and hideouts across the international borders and obtaining assistance from anti-India forces in other countries to procure arms and other assistance. Indulging in unlawful and violent activities intended to disrupt, or which disrupt, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India,” MHA added.
The MHA said that since September 28, 2015, NSCN (K) has been involved in 104 violent incidents resulting in killings of 7 security forces personnel and six civilians and abduction of 75 civilians.