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�Disturbed area� tag for Nagaland again

By SPL CORRESPONDENT

NEW DELHI, Dec 30 - The Centre has yet again extended the notification, declaring Nagaland a �disturbed area� for another six months. On July 1, it had declared the entire State a �disturbed area� for six months till December-end.

The gazette notification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs said that the Central Government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.

�Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the central government hereby declares that whole of the said State to be a �disturbed area� for a period of six months with effect from December 30, 2020 for the purpose of that Act,� the Home Ministry said.

After the passage of the Disturbed Areas Act on September 11, 1958, it was applied to the Naga Hills, which was then a part of Assam.

With the Naga talks deadlocked, the Centre seems unwilling to take any chances and therefore, the AFSPA will be kept in operation. One of the major grievances of the NSCN (I-M) is the continued operation by government agencies against the Naga insurgents. The Centre has directed a crackdown on all illegal activities like collection of taxes by Naga insurgents, and detained several of their top leaders in a series of operations.

On Tuesday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet before the NIA Special Court, Nagaland, Dimapur, against five NSCN (I-M) cadres.

NIA sources said that the investigation into the case has exposed a well-organised extortion racket by the NSCN (IM) involving criminal intimidation of various companies undertaking road construction projects in Manipur. The developmental funds of the Government have been illegally diverted in an organised manner and collected by the NSCN (IM) operatives through extortion.

Investigation has further revealed that the NSCN (IM) has also laundered the proceeds of terrorism into various financial instruments and real estate investment.

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�Disturbed area� tag for Nagaland again

NEW DELHI, Dec 30 - The Centre has yet again extended the notification, declaring Nagaland a �disturbed area� for another six months. On July 1, it had declared the entire State a �disturbed area� for six months till December-end.

The gazette notification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs said that the Central Government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.

�Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the central government hereby declares that whole of the said State to be a �disturbed area� for a period of six months with effect from December 30, 2020 for the purpose of that Act,� the Home Ministry said.

After the passage of the Disturbed Areas Act on September 11, 1958, it was applied to the Naga Hills, which was then a part of Assam.

With the Naga talks deadlocked, the Centre seems unwilling to take any chances and therefore, the AFSPA will be kept in operation. One of the major grievances of the NSCN (I-M) is the continued operation by government agencies against the Naga insurgents. The Centre has directed a crackdown on all illegal activities like collection of taxes by Naga insurgents, and detained several of their top leaders in a series of operations.

On Tuesday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet before the NIA Special Court, Nagaland, Dimapur, against five NSCN (I-M) cadres.

NIA sources said that the investigation into the case has exposed a well-organised extortion racket by the NSCN (IM) involving criminal intimidation of various companies undertaking road construction projects in Manipur. The developmental funds of the Government have been illegally diverted in an organised manner and collected by the NSCN (IM) operatives through extortion.

Investigation has further revealed that the NSCN (IM) has also laundered the proceeds of terrorism into various financial instruments and real estate investment.

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