NSCN-IM and NNPGs leaders were among the potential targets of the Israel-made spyware Pegasus.
Phone numbers of several top NSCN-IM leaders were in the list of potential targets of the Pegasus, The Wire reported.
Several top NSCN-IM leaders were allegedly targeted by the spyware between 2017 and 2019.
NSCN-IM leaders Atem Vashum, Apam Muivah, Anthony Ningkhan Shimray and Phunthing Shimrang were alleged potential Pegasus targets.
According to reports, convenor of the NNPGs (Naga National Political Groups) – N Kitovi Zhimomi was also a potential target of the Israel-made spyware.
Notably, NSCN-IM leader Atem Vashum is expected to succeed Th Muivah as the chairman of the outfit.
On the other hand, Apam Muivah is the nephew of NSCN-IM chairman Th Muivah.
Meanwhile, Anthony Ningkhan Shimray is the commander-in-chief of the Naga Army of NSCN-IM.
Phunthing Shimrang is the former commander-in-chief of the NSCN-IM’s Naga Army.
Atem Vashum, Anthony Ningkhan Shimray, Apam Muivah have been representing the NSCN-IM in the Indo-Naga Political talks with the Government of India.
The Indian Government and the NSCN-IM had signed the “Framework Agreement” in 2015 years after both sides inked a ceasefire agreement in 1997.
On the other hand, the NNPGs, a conglomeration of seven different Naga groups, also engaged in peace talks, had signed “Agreed Position” with the Government of India in 2017.
The Naga talks hit a deadlock in early 2020 after the NSCN-IM refused to sit for discussions with interlocutor and Nagaland Governor RN Ravi.
Since then, a team of Intelligence Bureau (IB) has been carrying forward the negotiations with the NSCN-IM.
The NSCN-IM has been on loggerheads with the Centre over its demands for “a separate constitution and a flag for the Nagas”.
Moreover, the NSCN-IM has also been demanding merger of all Naga inhabited areas in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.