Dimapur, Aug 18: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday, Aug 16 said, there is possibility of relations between Islamic extremists and NSCN (I-M).
“NSCN (I-M) operatives from the Muslim community have been maintaining direct or indirect links with extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islami (HuJI) and other criminal elements suspected to be having links with terrorist organisations," Rio said.
He also told the Chief Ministers"at the conference that NSCN (I-M) with muslim members play a major role in the group's extortion driven in Dimapur, Nagaland.
Rio said adding that they are reported to have very close links with one so-called commander of the group in its transit camp in Bangladesh. “In such backdrop, there is strong possibility of Islamic extremists establishing 'sleeper cells" in Nagaland by taking advantage of their contacts inside the state," he said.
The other possible scenario is that these extremist elements may develop differences with NSCN (I-M) and form a new organisation, he said.