Central tribunal upholds NSCN-K ban

A tribunal set up by the central government has upheld the ban on NSCN (K) for five years. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal comprised of a Delhi high court judge and was set up for adjudicating whether there is sufficient cause for declaring NSCN (K) an unlawful association under sub-section (1) of Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The home ministry had declared NSCN (K) an unlawful organisation for a period of five years under this law. It said the group had unilaterally abrogated the ceasefire with the Centre and conducted an attack on Army on June 4, 2015. The Centre also blamed the NSCN (K) for an ambush on the Assam Rifles in May that left eight security personnel dead.The ban will pave the way for the NIA, which is probing the June 4 ambush, to freeze the assets and properties of NSCN(K) leaders in India.

The ban was backed by reports from BSF, CRPF, and intelligence agencies which said the group had a aim of separating Nagaland from India and informed that the group had set up camps in Myanmar to conduct secessionist activities and carrying out attacks on Indian forces.

(Agencies)

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