New Delhi, July 6: Who is controlling S S Khaplang, the leader of the NSCN(K) which carried out the Manipur attack in which 18 Indian army soldiers were killed. The National Investigating Agency which is probing the Manipur ambush case has found that the decision to violate the cease fire was not taken by Khaplang on the spur of the moment.
It has been found that the decision to abort the cease fire deal with New Delhi was taken almost an year back. Khaplang aborted the cease fire deal with India officially on March 27 2015.
Big split in NSCN(K)
The NSCN(K) today is a broken group claims Kumlo Anal, one of the leaders who was arrested by the NIA recently. During his questioning he told the NIA that the group is split two ways today.
While one faction comprising Indian operatives was against breaking the cease fire, the members in the Myanmar camp wanted the opposite.
Khaplang is a Myanmar national who has forged ties with ULFA(I) and has decided to wage an all out war in North East.
Khaplang until 2014 was believed to be towing India's line. However a meeting with the ULFA(I) heads changed that perception and it was then he decided that an umbrella body of all North Eastern militant groups needed to be formed.
In a series of meetings that were held with the ULFA(I) it was decided that for this group to be formed, the NSCN(K) needed to abort the cease fire it had with New Delhi.
This led to a split in the NSCN(K). Most of the Indian operatives did not want to strike against India. However Khaplang put together a group of militants of Myanmar nationals and decided to abort the cease fire violation.
Who is controlling Khalpang?
The NIA is trying to find out as to who exactly is the real brain behind these actions that Khaplang has been taking. He is no doubt a charismatic militant leader, but the fact that he is old and health is failing does give the indication that some other force has been playing him.
His association with the ULFA(I) was a dangerous development. It is a well known fact that the ULFA(I) leader, Paresh Baruah has taken shelter in China and there are several NGO's over there which have been funding his campaign.
The NIA says that the Chinese factor behind Khaplang's decision would be interesting and also necessary to probe into. Khaplang on his own would not have taken such a decision, unless there was some solid support from another country, NIA officials say.