Nagaland terror group NSCN(K) banned for 5 years
The same group headed by S S Khaplang was responsible for the Manipur ambush in which 18 army personnel were killed.
The ban under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) will be in force for five years. It was only recently that the National Investigation Agency had announced a cash reward for information relating to two NSCN(K) leaders, Niki Sumi and S S Khaplang.
The ban comes at a time when the government is trying to broker peace in Nagaland. While the Government had signed a peace pact with the NSCN(IM), the NSCN(K) had decided to derail the peace process.
Indian Intelligence Bureau officials say that Khaplang currently in Myanmar is closely associated with the ULFA-I as well.
Khaplang had surprised India when he decided to violate the cease fire agreement with India. The NIA during the probe had found that the decision to violate the cease fire was not taken by Khaplang on the spur of the moment and was instead done in consultation with the ULFA-I.
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.