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Operations against NSCN (K) to continue

GUWAHATI: Though the Centre is keen on bringing back NSCN (K) to the negotiation table, it would not sit idle if the outfit indulges in acts of violence. The Government also made it clear that the operations against the outfit would continue till it abjures violence and comes forward to rejoin the peace process.

Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told The Assam Tribune that it was the NSCN (K), which broke away from the ceasefire agreement with the Government and formed a common platform along with three other militant groups of the region having bases in Myanmar. The Government wants the outfit to rejoin the peace process for comprehensive solution to the Naga political issues, but that does not mean that the outfit would be allowed to indulge in acts of violence, sources added.

Replying to a question on whether the action of the NIA (Rs. 17 lakh cash award for information on NSCN (K) leaders) would affect the move to bring back the outfit to the negotiation table, MHA sources said NIA was given the responsibility of probing into the killing of 19 Army personnel in Manipur and the agency cannot sit idle.

Sources said that the Government was yet to receive any positive gesture from the NSCN (K) and in fact, the outfit has been providing shelter to other militant groups in Myanmar. Under the circumstances, the Government cannot stop the operations against the outfit, sources added.

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