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NSCN-IM says it has ‘forgiven’ SS Khaplang

SS Khaplang was the chairman of NSCK-K, a bitter rival of NSCN-IM since 1988.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2017 14:24 IST
Rahul Karmakar
Rahul Karmakar
Hindustan Times, Guwahati
NSCN (K) leader SS Khaplang died in Myanmar.(HT File Photo)

The Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) said Satuday it has “forgiven SS Khaplang for all the political mistakes and crimes he had committed, however grave they may be”.

Khaplang was the chairman of NSCN-K, a bitter rival of NSCN-IM since 1988. He died Friday in Myanmar.

“Based on the declaration made by our former chairman late Isak Chishi Swu on forgiveness and reconciliation, we have forgiven Khaplang,” NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah said in a condolence message.

Swu had died in Delhi on June 28 last year.

The tone of Muivah’s condolence message indicated Khaplang’s death could open the doors for unification of the Nagas.

Muivah and Khaplang had formed the NSCN in 1980 but differences between them led to a series of fratricidal battles and eventual split in the outfit eight years later.

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First Published: Jun 10, 2017 20:02 IST