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NSCN(K) Chief SS Khaplang passes away!

Source: | Saturday, June 10, 2017

June 9, 2016: In what may be termed as a major jolt to the Naga outfit NSCN(K), reports have just arrived that Supreme Commander of NSCN (K) SS Khaplang died in a hospital, in Burma in Myanmar. He was 77 years old. As per sources, he died of a heart attack at around 8. 05 pm today. His funeral is scheduled to take place at Taga in Burma.

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) was formed in the early eighties by late Isak Chisi swu, Thuingaleng Muivah and S.S. Khaplang. A ceasefire between the Government and the Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN (NSCN-IM) was struck on August 1, 1997.

He was one of the most dreaded militant leader in the north-east. He spearheaded the 4 June attack on the Indian Army which has been called the most brazen and daring ambush on the Indian Army in the last 20 years.

Born in April 1940 in Waktham village just east of Myanmar’s Pangsau Pass, Khaplang is the youngest of his 10 siblings and is also leading the newly-formed  United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFW). UNLFW claimed responsibility of the 4 June ambush in Manipur in 2015.

According to a report in The Indian Express, Khaplang has three sons and a daughter and they are settled far from the rebellion. The seeds of insurgency were sown very early in Khaplang’s life after he witnessed events of the World War II as a child.


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