NSCN (K) sends chairman packing, Khaplang’s nephew new chief; Split in NSCN-K looms large after removal of its India-origin chairman

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Guwahati/DIMAPUR Aug 18: The Myanmar-based NSCN (K) on Friday impeached its chairman  Khango Konyak, an Indian-origin Naga, and elected the outfit founding chairman, late Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang’s nephew, Yung Aung as the new ‘acting chairman’ of the organisation.

In a bloodless coup, the newly-appointed acting chairman 45-year-old Aung is Myanmar-origin and the Myanmar-origin members of the outfit threw out its India-origin members.

Khango Konyak was removed from his post for alleged attempts at gaining complete control in the organization by violating the ideology of the outfit.

A top source said that after losing his position in NSCN-K, Khango Konyak and his fellow Niki Sumi, the deputy army chief of NSCN-K and Isak Sumi, head of the publicity wing, had already left from their base camps in Sagaing region in Myanmar.

The source said that, the India-origin members of NSCN-K would like to join in another Naga separatist outfit NSCN (Reformation).

“As many as 100 India-origin members of NSCN-K had left out from the camps in Eastern Nagaland,” the source said.

In a statement issued on August 17 after an emergency meeting held in the presence top leaders of NSCN-K said that, the house unanimously resolved to impeach Khango Konyak for violation of party discipline as he is found guilty of absolute control of powers without collective leadership, non distribution of powers exposing one-man-government policy, which is completely in violation of the party discipline.

The top source further said that, after impeached Khango Konyak, the outfit is now totally controlled under the Myanmar-origin members.

Another source said that Konyak was not impeached and rather it was a collective decision to effect a change of guard since Konyak was unwell for quit sometime.

Aung, studied in Manipur till his graduation, is known to be an expert in martial arts.

After the death of Khaplang, a Hemi Naga from Myanmar, in June last year leadership of the organisation was passed on to Khango Konyak, a Naga from India.

This gave Indian government hopes of breakthrough with the outfit, the only Naga outfit which is outside the peace process, as it tries to work out an all-inclusive solution to the Naga political problem.

Indian government believed that it would always be easier to talk to the Indian origin leaders of NSCN-K, which abrogated the ceasefire with the Indian government in 2015, than that of Myanmar.

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