NSCN-K leader SS Khaplang dies in Myanmar

RSTV Bureau

File photo of NSCN-K leader SS Khaplang.

SS Khaplang, the chairman of Naga rebel group NSCN-K, died in Myanmar on Friday evening. He was 77.

Official sources said that the leader of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) had been ailing for quite some time. He died following a cardiac arrest in Takka in Kachin.

SS Khaplang had engineered many attacks on the security forces including the killing of 18 Army soldiers in Manipur on June 4, 2015.

Following the Manipur ambush the Indian Army carried out cross-border raids on NSCN-K camps located inside Myanmar killing several militants. The ambush on the Army convoy was carried out by the group despite it being involved in peace negotiations with an interlocutor of the central government.

In September 2015, the government snapped the dialogue with NSCN-K and declared the organisation unlawful for five years.

Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang was a Hemi Naga from Myanmar and was based mostly in that country where the outfit maintained several camps.

Since the 1980s, the outfit had engaged in subversive activities, including attacks on security forces, extortion and looting.

Born in April 1940 in Waktham village, Khaplang joined the Naga nationalist movement in 1964. He was one of the key people in the formation of the NSCN. Khaplang split and formed his own group NSCN(K) following differences with the NSCN(IM) leaders Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah in 1988.

(With inputs from PTI)