New Delhi, Nov 17: The hunt for the elusive S S Khaplang, head of the NSCN(K), a Naga insurgent group will get more intense with the government declaring the outfit a terrorist organization. The NSCN(K) which was behind the Manipur ambush earlier this year in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed has now been declared a terrorist outfit.
In the month of September, the government of India had banned this outfit. However, now it has declared it a terrorist outfit. The government of India which recently signed a pact in a bid to set the roadmap for peace in the North Eastern states is engaging with various groups.
However, after much efforts the government found that the NSCN(K) would not come on board. Instead intelligence inputs suggest that the outfit is getting more aggressive and hence the decision to declare it a terrorist outfit was taken.
The hunt for Khaplang
S S Khaplang the supreme commander of the NSCN(K) is believed to be hiding in Myanmar. The Indian government is making efforts to secure him and try him in an Indian court for crimes against humanity.
With India now declaring the NSCN(K) a terrorist outfit, seeking Khaplang's custody becomes easier. There is also a reward of Rs 7 lakh declared by the NIA for any information leading upto Khaplang.
A home ministry official said that the NSCN(K) has been banned and also declared a terrorist outfit under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The home ministry while declaring the NSCN(K) as a terrorist outfit also included all the formations and its front organizations under the same category.
The NSCN(K) was formed in the year 1988 and has been extremely strong in Nagaland and along the Myanmar border areas.