Six NSCN (IM) members killed in Arunachal

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A joint team of the Assam Rifles and the police on Saturday gunned down six members of the Isak­Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, or NSCN (IM), in an encounter in Arunachal Pradesh.



  • The NSCN (IM), the largest extremist group in the northeast, has been engaged in peace negotiations with the Centre since 1997.
  • Some top NSCN (IM) leaders, reportedly frustrated with the “never­ending” peace process, are learnt to have gone underground once again and are negotiating with Chinese agencies for a possible return to insurgency
  • They have been engaged in guerrilla warfare against successive Indian administrations since the 1950s.
  • One of the main demands of NSCN-IM has been the creation of a sovereign Naga territory that includes Naga-inhabited parts of neighbouring states like Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh as well as a portion of Burma across the international border, and leaders from those states have long been wary of any accord that would allow the annexation of parts of their land.
  • Lack of infrastructure development in the region is one of the perceived reason for the decades’ long insurgency.
  • In many areas, it runs a parallel government.
  • In August 2015, NSCN-IM had entered into a historic Peace Accord (Framework Agreement) with the Union government to bring lasting peace in Nagaland.
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