MHA officials' conspiracy to destabilise North-East?
The sudden outbreak of violence in trouble-torn Northeastern states including the deadliest Manipur killing, have been the fallout of abrupt break down of ceasefire agreement with the Khaplang faction of the NSCN, which was provoked by a section of officials in the home ministry and military intelligence.
This is what the security agencies have reported to the Union home minister Rajnath Singh who decided to order a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in to the killings of 18 Assam Rifles soldiers in Manipur on June 4.
Disclosing that even Union home minister was kept in dark about the developments leading to break down of the cease-fire agreement with the NSCN-K, authoritative security sources in the home ministry told this newspaper that investigation of security agency has revealed that two Naga leaders, Wangtin Naga and P. Tikhak, who were expelled by none other than Mr Khaplang himself, were used by security agencies to break the ceasefire.
Indicating that officials in the home ministry planted news through a news agency — Vision Communications — security sources said that the home ministry officials, instead of denying rather, floated news in media of Northeastern states that the home ministry was not going to extend the ceasefire with Khaplang faction after March 31. Though, the home ministry had not taken any decision on not extending the ceasefire with the NSCN-K. Moreover, the NSCN-K cadres were allowed to leave "designated camps" with arms and ammunitions without any resistance of the Army in Nagaland.
Referring to evidences that sleuth of military intelligence in connivance with a section of home ministry officials had lured the NSCN-K commanders, security sources said that Wangtin Naga was told that his bank account containing nearly `3 crore would defreeze if he helps in breaking the ceasefire. Though, he refused to fall in line.
In a startling revelation the report sent to Mr Singh pointed out that top home ministry official who was constantly in touch with Manipur chief minister Ibobi Singh travelled to Arunachal Pradesh to meet the NSCN-K commanders a week before Mr Khaplang announced unilaterally to break the ceasefire.
The top home ministry officials and MI sleuths in New Delhi were not happy over the decision of the Narendra Modi government to remove the Army from counter-insurgency operations in phased manner, security sources said, adding, that if Naga rebel groups are taken on board, no insurgent groups would be able to sustain their armed struggle for a long time in the Northeast.
Meanwhile, the NIA on Sunday registered a case to probe the killing of 18 Army personnel in Chandel district of Manipur, an incident which has been described as the worst ever attack. According to a NIA spokesperson, the case was registered in the agency's Guwahati branch under various sections of the IPC, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Asserting that breaking down of ceasefire with Khaplang faction of NSCN was the part of a larger conspiracy, security sources said that the NIA may also be asked to probe these aspects of the Manipur killing which is suspected to have the foot-print of some political conspiracy too.
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