Banned outfit NSCN-K's supremo SS Khaplang passes away

Most Wanted Naga Rebel Leader SS Khaplang Dies At 77
SS Khaplang will be replaced by Khango Konyak as new chairman of NSCN, sources said

11 June, 2017

Later, Khaplang formed NSCN-K on April 30, 1988 after differences surfaced between the founding members of the NSCN. Peyong will take over as Chairman of NSCN (K).

Informing that a "Command Certificate" given by Khaplang to the cadres of all the insurgent groups operating from his base in Taga, Myanmar, used to facilitate a free movement of armed cadres in Naga dominated villages on either side of the global border, sources said no other Naga rebel leader has such influence to issue command certificate, which will be honoured by all the Naga village heads.

In his last will, Khaplang said: "I have done my part for the freedom of my people with the little capacity God has given me". He leaves behind four children, including a daughter.

Khaplang, a Hemi Naga from Myanmar, led the Naga insurgency movement for decades.

Khaplang started the Naga armed struggle in the early 1960s by forming the Naga Defence Force after Zapu A.Z. Phizo declared war on India.

A day after the passing of SS Khaplang, the commander-in-chief of the NSCN Khaplang faction, Thuingaleng Muivah, the General Secretary of the NSCN Isak-Muivah faction has released a condolence message "forgiving SS Khaplang for the political mistakes and crimes he had committed".

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SS Khaplang, 77, died at the NSCN-K Council Headquarters in Taga in Myanmar's Sagaing Division on Friday night.

The two Naga rebel leaders - Khaplang and Muivah along with Isak Chishi Swu - formed the National Socialist Council of Nagaland in 1980.

With the passing away of Khaplang and the death of Issac Swu in June 2016, only Th-Muivah, among the most influential, second generation Naga insurgent leaders, remains active and alive.

Following the Manipur ambush in 2015, the Indian Army carried out cross-border raids on NSCN-K camps located inside Myanmar killing several militants.

Rijiju said the Indian government had withdrawn ceasefire with NSCN after banning it in 2015 through a special notification.

Making the appeal while talking to media on the sidelines of a government programme here, he assured that the government is ready to rehabilitate everyone who is ready to shun violence.

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