Indian official says key rebel leader dies in Myanmar

Posted June 11, 2017

He was also the leader of the United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia.

Rijiju further said that, the Centre can not talk with Myanmarese citizens who are involved with NSCN-K. Peyong will take over as Chairman of NSCN (K).

Konyak, who held the rank of Lieutenant General in the Naga Army - the armed wing of the NSCN-K, was elected as Vice Chairman of NSCN-K in May 2011. "Khaplang was very influential in Myanmar and many organisations were dependent on him". He has four children and their whereabouts are not clear.

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"The Nagaland government has been sending delegations to meet the NSCN-K leadership in Myanmar in recent times to convince the group to re-enter into the peace process with the Indian government to find an early solution to the Naga political problem", said Liezietsu.

Khaplang was instrumental in paving the way for the Phizo-led Naga National Council rebels, including his former friend-turned rival Thuingaleng Muivah, to reach China for guerrilla warfare training. The Chairman "love the Nagas more than his own body" and which he has proved during his long union with him, Wangtin further stated.

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

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While referring to the government sources media reports said that the ailing leader had died of diabetes-related complications. Earlier this week, a clash at Tijit, near Lappa in Monday district in Nagaland, claimed the lives of Indian Army officer Major David Manlum, and three NSCN-Khaplang insurgents.

"I had requested Naga apex organisations to meet S.S. Khaplang and conveyed my honest request to have a ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar government and to opt for a peaceful dialogue to resolve the Naga political issue amicably for the Nagas living in Myanmar", he added. Khaplang, whose faction had pulled out of the ceasefire with New Delhi, carried a reward of Rs 7 lakh on his head for his capture.

"We will always treasure and cherish his commitment to do what the upcoming Naga generation wants as the Naga national movement is for the well being of future Naga generation who should live in dignity and peace", he said in his condolence message.

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