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In Nagaland, govt. pays extortion money to extremists (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper II)

Investigation by NIA
A probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has revealed that at least 12 government departments in Nagaland regularly paid “extortion money” to members of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), a banned terrorist organisation that was allegedly behind the 2015 ambush in Manipur in which 18 soldiers were killed.

Findings of national investigation agency
1. The NIA’s investigation has found that the government departments paid extortion money to two more outfits: the NSCN-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) and the Naga National Council (NNC).

2. These offices maintained receipts of the amount paid to these outfits and, in some cases, we have seized the ‘official record’ of the meetings held to discuss the amount to be paid.

3. The records in our possession are 2012 onwards, but the racket has been going on for decades. As per the documents, around Rs. 3 crore was paid to various outfits.

About The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland/Nagalim (NSCN)
The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland/Nagalim (NSCN) is an extremist, Naga nationalist insurgent group operating mainly in Northeast India, with minor activities in northwest Myanmar (Burma) until 2012. The main goal of the organisation is to establish a sovereign Naga state, "Nagalim",which would consist of all the areas inhabited by the Naga people in Northeast India and Northwest Myanmar.

The NSCN has been designated a terrorist organisation in India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

In 1988, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland  broke into two factions namely – Khaplang (NSCN-K)  a rival outfit , namely NSCN (IM) (Isak-Muivah).



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