Kohima, June 29: Naga leader Isak Chisi Swu (86), who led one of the worst insurgencies in the North-East for almost three decades, died at a Delhi hospital on Tuesday of multiple organ failure. In a major setback to the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN)(IM), the co-founder and the president of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN) had been undergoing treatment in the hospital since July 5, 2015.
Swu was a founder member of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), which signed a framework agreement with the Centre on August 3 last year to find a permanent solution to the vexed Naga issue. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences. “Mr. Swu will be remembered for his historic role in bringing out the Framework Agreement for Naga peace,” he said in a tweet.
Isak Chisi Swu was co-founder of NSCN-IM along with T. Muivah. Due to his illness, Swu could not attend the inking of the historic Naga Peace Accord on August 3, 2015 with the Government of India at the official residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Swu, formerly member of Naga National Council (NNC) and later the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN), was born in 1929 in Chishilimi Naga village in the Zunheboto district of Nagaland.
With his passing away, the final agreement between the Centre and the NSCN (IM) remains uncertain. It was earlier reported that the agreement would not be signed till he recovered and NSCN leaders were not sure who would sign the agreement in his absence.
Thuingaleng Muivah, the outfit’s general secretary, signed the framework agreement on behalf of the Naga outfit with interlocutor R.N Ravi in the presence of the Prime Minister last year. “After the framework was signed, he continued to participate in discussions whenever his health permitted him,” said Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) chief R.N Ravi. Media reported that NSCN (I-M), the largest group representing the Nagas, has been demanding a “Greater Nagalim,” or a contiguous land for the Nagas, spanning Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Mizoram. The Naga peace accord is yet to be given a final shape and the contents of the framework agreement have not been publicised by the government.