Central government extends ban on NSCN (K)

The Central government on Monday, September 28, 2020 extended the ban on National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang)

Kohima, September 28 (NEx): The Central government on Monday, September 28, 2020 extended the ban on National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) for indulging in violence, extortion and secessionist activities.

Union Home Ministry in a notification issued on Monday stated that, since September 28, 2015, NSCN (K) has been involved in 104 violent incidents resulting in the killing of seven security forces personnel, six civilians and the abduction of 75 civilians.

The government is of the opinion that the NSCN (K) has its professed aim to create a sovereign Nagaland incorporating the Naga inhabited areas of Indo-Myanmar region by secession from the Indian Union in alliance with other armed secessionist organisations of Nagaland and North Eastern Region, it said.

The group is engaging in unlawful and violent activities by 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 central government opinions that the NSCN (K) is indulging in kidnapping and random extortion of money from businessmen, Government officials, and other civilians. Also the group is embarking on a drive for recruitment of cadres to continue its terrorist activities, it said.

The central government notified that the NSCN (K) is establishing camps and hideouts across the international borders, obtaining assistance from Anti-India forces in other countries to procure arms and other assistance. The group is also aligning itself with other unlawful association like ULFA, Meitei Organisation of Manipur.

Further it stated that the activities of the NSCN (K) are detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India and that it is an unlawful association. If there is no immediate curb and control of unlawful activities of the NSCN(K), the organisation may make fresh recruitments, indulge in violent, terrorist and secessionist activities, collect funds and endanger the lives of innocent citizens and security forces personnel; and therefore, circumstances do exist which render it necessary to declare the NSCN (K) as an unlawful association with immediate effect, it said.

Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967), the Central Government declares the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) along with all its factions, wings and front Organisations, as an unlawful association, it notified.