National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday announced rewards on the chief of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) and the outfit’s military commander in connection with the killing of 18 Indian Army men by the outfit on June 4 this year.
The agency has announced Rs 10 lakh reward for any information leading to the arrest of Niki Sumi, who heads the military wing of the outfit and Rs 7 lakh reward on the outfit’s chairman SS Khaplang.
The development is significant as it comes in the backdrop of government trying to bring together disparate Naga groups in order to give final shape to the Naga Peace Accord. Government recently signed a framework agreement on the accord with Issac-Muivah faction of the NSCN.
Any finality to the accord, as maintained by government’s Naga interlocutor RN Ravi, will come about only when all stake-holders including NSCN(K) are on board.
It is for this reason that the government has been dragging its feet on banning the Khaplang faction despite the June 4 attacks. The outfit abrogated ceasefire agreement with India in March this year and has been on the offensive against Indian forces since then.
Government, however, has been trying to bring Khaplang to the negotiating table to give finality to the Naga Peace Accord. Following the signing of framework agreement a 16-member delegation of apex Naga civil society Naga Hoho and Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), under permission from the Home Ministry, has been making efforts to reach out to Khaplang who is presently staying in the outfit headquarters at Taga in Myanmar.
A statement from NIA on Thursday said, “SS Khaplang is head of the NSCN (K) group and Niki Sumi is holding the charge of armed wing of said group. They were closely associated with the decision to attack Assam Rifles personnel at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima on March 26, 2015 and subsequent string of attacks on armed forces including the attack on 6 Dogra Regiment Convoy in Chandel district of Manipur on June 4, 2015 killing 18 Army personnel.”
Identifying Niki Sumi as “son of not known”, “resident of Surumi police station, Zhunehboto, Nagaland” and Khaplang (Shangwang Shangyungi) as “resident of Pangsau, Nagaland”, the statement says, “Any person from public, giving any reliable information about the whereabouts of these hard core terrorists, leading to their arrest will be rewarded money reward as mentioned above. The identity of the informer will be kept secret.”