NSCN-K Orders Airtel to Wind Up Operation in Nagaland

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Kohima: The NSCN’s Khaplang faction has asked a telecom company to wind up its operations from Nagaland and remove all infrastructure and installations within a month and threatened to harm the company’s staff if it failed to comply with its directive.

An Airtel representative here said on condition of anonymity that the company has not received any letter or notice from the outfit. He added the company does not have its own mobile towers in Nagaland.

Dimapur police commissioner Liremo Lotha said, “We have learnt about NSCN(K)‘s notice to Airtel from media reports, which appeared in local newspapers on Wednesday. The company has not approached us yet, but whether they approach us or not, we are taking all necessary precautionary measures based on media reports.”

The development came a month after NSCN(K) led an ambush on the Army’s 6 Dogra Regiment in Chandel district of Manipur on June 4 killing 18 soldiers. The rebel group had killed five personnel of Assam Rifles and Territorial Army in an earlier ambush on May 3 in Mon district.

A copy of the NSCN(K) notice, which was published in the Nagaland media, read, “Airtel is directed to withdraw operations from Nagaland and remove all infrastructure and installations within a month. Failure to act within the stipulated dateline, the NSCN(K) shall initiate demolition of every structure and military action shall be enforced upon any company officials found contravening this directive.”

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