NSCN (I-M) says ready to fight IS if they launch terror attack

GUWAHATI, APR 27 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/27/2019 11:40:08 AM IST

NSCN (I-M) has said that it was ready to protect its people if Islamic State (IS) carry out terror attack in Nagaland. According to News 18 report, the group, after the serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka sounded an alert on its arms wing ‘Naga Army’ and their intelligence.

Executive member of the steering committee of NSCN (I-M) V Horam said the group was ready to defeat the Islamist terrorist organization.

‘‘Our Naga Army is ready to defeat the ISIS. A strict order has been issued and our intelligence wing is active,’’ Horam told News 18. “If outside forces want to disturb peace, we won’t sit quietly. We will defeat such forces. That’s why we have alerted our Naga Army,’’ Horam added.

Out of 1.978 million populations in Nagaland, 88 per cent are Christians.

The census of 2011 recorded the state’s Christian population at 1,739,651, making it one of the three Christian-majority states in India along with Meghalaya and Mizoram.

On April 22, Nagaland chief secretary Temjen Toy had also directed the DGP to review the preparedness in case a similar incident happens in Nagaland.

Directive was also issued to prepare an action plan to sensitize the public on preventive measures.

Security has also been stepped up in sensitive locations in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru, and Goa, which is a major tourist destination, as a precautionary measure. According to reports, additional security arrangements in churches and other major religious sites have been made across the country.

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