Naga insurgent group NSCN(K), which carried out the Manipur ambush in which 18 Indian Army personnel were killed, has been banned by the government as a “terrorist organisation” under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
According to a Home Ministry statement issued Monday, “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 November 6, 2015 mentions that the NSCN(K), a militant outfit, came into existence in 1988 and is active along the Indo-Myanmar border. NSCN (K) has resorted to terrorism by killing innocent civilians and security forces and engaged in other violent activities including the June 4, 2015 attack on the Army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur.”
On September 16, the government had banned NSCN (K) as an “unlawful association” under UAPA. The decision to name NSCN (K) as an unlawful association in September came days after the NIA declared a reward of Rs 7 lakh for information about Khaplang, believed to be at a border town in Myanmar, for his role in the Manipur ambush.