The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Khaplang) faction has today announced Khango Konyak as its new Chairman after the death of S.S. Khaplang, the supreme commander and Chairman of the outfit.
Khango Konyak is a veteran Naga leader who was trained inside East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and China, after joining the Naga Army in 1963.
He was appointed as the Vice Chairman of NSCN(K) in May 25, 2011 and held the rank of Lieutenant General.
Dreaded militant leader S.S. Khaplang (77) died at the Council Headquarters of NSCN-K in Taga, Sagaing Division, Myanmar on Friday around 7:30 PM after suffering a diabetic stroke.
Meanwhile, General Secretary of NSCN-IM Thuingaleng Muivah, Chairman of ULFA(Independent) Abhizeet Asom and top leader of NDFB has condoled the death of veteran Naga nationalist leader S.S. Khaplang in a separate statement.
“The NSCN extends its deep condolence to the bereaved family members of the late SS Khaplang, who breathed his last on June 9, 2017. Based on the declaration made by our former Chairman, late Isak Chishi Swu on forgiveness and reconciliation, we have forgiven SS Khaplang of all the political mistakes and crimes he had committed, however grave they might be, in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The NSCN invokes the blessings from the Almighty to give comfort and sustenance to the saddened and pained hearts of bereaved family and grant eternal rest to the departed soul of the leader.” said a statement issued by Th. Muivah on Saturday.
Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang, whose National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-K) has waged guerrilla war against the Indian government since its formation in 1988 has grabbed national headlines for many deadly attack against the indian security forces, including some high-profile attacks that has killed or injured more than 100 soldiers.
Born in April 1940 in Waktham village, east of Myanmar’s Pangsau Pass, Khaplang joined the Naga nationalist movement as early as 1964 and was one of the key people in the formation of the NSCN.
He formed the group following differences with the NSCN (IM) leaders Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah. Swu died in June 2016 in a Delhi hospital.
Khaplang also entered into a ceasefire with the central government in 1997 but abrogated it on March 28, 2015.