Key leaders of NSCN (IM), AASU, ULFA figure in snoop list

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Guwahati: The phone numbers of several top leaders of the NSCN-IM, AASU, and ULFA were added to a list of persons of interest believed to be generated by an Indian client of Israeli spyware company NSO group, The Wire reported.

The new list of numbers that were potential targets of Pegasus includes four members of NSCN-IM in Nagaland, one convenor of Naga National Political Groups, an AASU leader who is member of the committee to execute clause 6 of the Assam Accord, a pro-talks ULFA leader and a Delhi-based author from Manipur.

All Assam Students Union (AASU) chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjee and pro-talk ULFA leader Anup Chetia were a few of the people allegedly targeted for surveillance by Pegasus spyware, The Wire reported.

The AASU adviser’s number was once added to the list less than a month before the Union Home Ministry’s announcement of the new Clause Six committee.

On July 16, 2019, the Home Ministry announced the reconstitution of a ‘high-level committee to execute Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

The numbers from Nagaland include those of Atem Vashum, NCSN-IM leader, and conceivable successor to T Muivah, chairman of the group, Apam Muivah, also of the IM, and the chairman’s nephew, Anthony Shimray, commander in chief of the Naga army of NSCN IM, and Phungthing Simrang, former commander in chief. The portal also reported the numbers of Kitovi Zhimomi, convenor of NNPGs, and Malem Ningthouja, the author from Manipur.

The NSCN (IM) in addition to NNPGs has been making an attempt to thrash out an agreement with parleys from both sides on a last settlement of the Naga accord, years after an agreement framework for peace between the government and NSCN IM was once signed in August 2015. “The numbers present on the leaked list were added from mid-2017 onwards…,” the portal said.

The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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