Exactly two months after banning the insurgent group NSCN (K), as an unlawful organization, the Central government has categorized the outfit as a terrorist outfit. The decision to name NSCN (K) as an unlawful association in September came days after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) declared a reward of Rs 7 lakh for information about Khaplang.
As per the Union Home Ministry statement, ‘The government has declared the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), all its formations and front organisations as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967’. It added, ‘A Gazette Notification issued on 6th November 2015 mentions that the NSCN(K), a militant outfit, came into existence in 1988 and is active along the Indo-Myanmar border’.
The notification further stated that the NSCN (K) has resorted to terrorism by killing innocent civilians and security forces and engaged in other violent activities including the 4th June attack this year on the Army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur.