Kohima, July 29: The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) has reportedly split for the third time in a decade, and the second split after the demise of SS Khaplang.
After the death of NSCN (K) chairman, Khaplang on June 9, 2017, the Myanmar based Naga outfit split into NSCN (Yung Aung) and NSCN (Khango Konyak).
According to reports, again NSCN (K) has appointed a new chairman and general secretary on July 28, after its chairman, Yung Aung reportedly joined NSCN (Isak-Muivah).
But NSCN (IM) source refuted the report of Aung joining their fold, saying he is still with the NSCN (K).
A notification purportedly issued by the NSCN/GPRN said they have elected Lt. Gen (Rtd) Nyemlang Konyak as new chairman and Starson Lamkang as general secretary to fill the void created by Aung. The meeting was reportedly held under the chairmanship of pro-tem speaker Lt. Gen. Niki Sumi, and attended by several top functionaries of the group.
The chairman is from Mon District in Nagaland, and general secretary is from Chandel district in Manipur, while Niki Sumi is from Zunheboto District in Nagaland.
The notification alleged that Aung had clandestinely established a relationship with the NSCN (IM) and later defected to the rival group, adding under the new leadership the group will follow the footsteps and visions of Khaplang for sovereignty.
It also accused Aung of trying to change he official seal of GPRN by dispatching a newly self designed seal to be used officially, which the notification said was rejected outright by all officials of NSCN/GPRN.
In retaliation, the NSCN led by Aung has expelled leaders of rival group – Lt. Gen. Niki Sumi, Deputy C-in-C, Starson, Kilonser and Lt. Gen. Nyemlang, General Staff Officer-1, Defence, Naga Army. The press release issued through ministry of information and publicity (MIP) said they have been expelled for organizing illegal meeting without authorization from the party, failing to report to council headquarters even after repeated callings, heavy misappropriation of party fund and encouraging and spreading “ism” and divisive policies within the party.
“Today due to the above reasons their expulsion becomes a necessity to save the party and our national struggle from further destruction,” the release said.
The NSCN (YA) also warned members of facing same fate if found conniving with the expelled members.
NSCN (IM) source here did not comment whether they were in touch with NSCN (K) chairman, Aung, as alleged by the newly constituted NSCN led by Nyemlang Konyak.
According to sources there are nearly one thousand NSCN (IM) cadres operating along China-Myanmar border led by former C-in-C, Phungthing Shimrang and Deputy C-in-C, A. Raman.
(Page News Service)