Centre Sets up Tribunal to Hear the Case of NSCK(K)

The registrar of the tribunal has asked NSCN(K) to appear before it on January 14 in Delhi HC.

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 Members of the rebel outfit NSCN(K) parade around their camps, armed with guns and guitars. (Photo: Reuters)

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention)Tribunal set up by the Centre will hear the case of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang faction) which has been declared to be an unlawful association.

The Centre on September 16 last year had declared the outfit as an unlawful organisation for a period of five years under Unlawful Activities (Prevention), Act, 1967.

The case hearing will take place later this month at Delhi High Court, the state government has said. The registrar of the tribunal has asked NSCN(K) to appear before it through a duly-authorised person on January 14, at 3 pm in Delhi High Court.

Justice Najmi Waziri, a judge of Delhi High Court, who is a member of the tribunal will be adjudicating for whether or not 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.

NSCN(K) had abrogated the 14-year-old ceasefire with the Centre on March 27 last year and carried out several attacks on security forces within Nagaland and outside, leading to the death of more than 25 personnels since May 2015.

A split took place within NSCN(K) after the faction led by SS Khaplang abrogated the 14-year-old truce. That led to the creation of a new faction, NSCN-Reformation, by expelled senior NSCN(K) leaders, P Tikhak and Wangtin Naga.

The signing of a peace accord in 2015 between the Centre and the NSCN-IM brought a ray of hope for an early resolution to the decades-old Naga political issue.

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