What is NSCN(K)? 5-point guide to dreaded North-East rebel group

Myanmar remains a safe haven for Naga insurgents despite several cleanup operations by the Indian Army.

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What is NSCN(K)? 5-point guide to dreaded North-East rebel group


Indian Army's strong retaliation along the Indo-Myanmar border brings back the memory of 2015 surgical strike inside Myanmar when 70 commandos finished their operation in flat 40 minutes killing 38 Naga insurgents.

The 2015 decision of 'hot pursuit' was taken after the Naga rebels killed 18 army men in Manipur. It was the deadliest attack on Indian Army in the North-East in recent times.

Wednesday's firefight was targeted at the NSCN(K) cadre in Long Khu near Mon district on the Indo-Myanmar international border.

Here's your guide to one of the most dreaded rebel group in the North-East:

1:National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) is the Naga rebel group, which was led by SS Khaplang, who died in Myanmar in June this year.

2: The original NSCN was formed in 1980 by Isak Chishi Swu, Thuingaleng Muivah and SS Khaplang.

3: It is said that Indian intelligence agencies reportedly cultivated Khaplang as the divisive force within the NSCN. It did bring the desired result and the group split in 1988. One faction was led by Khaplang and the other one by Isak-Muivah

4: Despite the split, the NSCN remains one of the most influential rebel group. Essentially a Christian Naga group, the NSCN seeks to form an independent Naga state 'Greater Nagalim' unifying all Naga-inhabited areas of Myanmar and North-East India .

5: NSCN(K) had declared a truce in 2001 that lasted for more than a decade. The rebel group picked up guns again in2015 and declared a 'war of independence' against India. The worst attack by the rebel group was in 2015 when it targeted the troops of Dogra Regiment in Manipur's Chandel district. 18 soldiers were killed in the attack.

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