The Prime Minister’s Office has expressed concern over the stand-off in the Naga peace talks – between the rebel groups and the centre’s interlocutor – which threatens to derail a key political dialogue.
According to the official, the PMO has tasked Arvind Kumar and IB Special Director Akshay Kumar Mishra with firefighting responsibilities.
The North East Division of the IB also has new officers. Mandeep Tulli, a 1999 batch officer who until now was posted in Manipur’s Imphal, back in Delhi as Joint Director (North East). Nagaland has also got a new SIB head in 1996-batch officer Ritu Mishra.
The centre is believed to be particularly perturbed by an emerging three-way feud in Nagaland – between the NSCN(IM), the largest of the rebel groups, RN Ravi and the new National Naga Political Groups (NNPG).
Meanwhile, opposition parties continue to target the centre over the framework agreement reached with Naga rebel groups in 2015.
“Delhi had promised new cultural identity for Nagas without changing territorial boundaries. But as there are many tensions between tribes too, nothing substantial has come out so far,” an official said.
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