The embroiling involving the Nagas goes back to the country’s independence in 1947. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) was formed in the early eighties by late Isak Chisi swu, Thuingaleng Muivah and S.S. Khaplang. A ceasefire between the Government and the Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN (NSCN-IM) was struck on August 1, 1997.
The Government asked the NSCN-IM to define the geographical boundary of “Nagalim” to enable it to extend the cease-fire zone to these areas.
Here are five lesser known facts about the NSCN Khaplang or NSCN(K)
#1. The NSCN, which was formed in January 30, 1980, was split into the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) and NSCN (Khaplang) in 1988. NSCN (K) had approximately strength of 1100 at the time of split,
The NSCN (K) first split in 2010 into a faction led by Khole and Kitovi Zhimomi. Clannish divisions among the Nagas (Konyaks and Tangkhuls) were the primary reason behind the split of the NSCN in 1988.
It under the leadership of the chairman of the outfit S S Khaplang and N Kitovi Zhimomi as the General Secretary.
#2. Objective of the NSCN-K is the formation of a ‘greater Nagaland’ comprising of the Naga dominated areas of the neighbouring States within India, and adjoining areas in Myanmar.
#3. Khaplang factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland extort money for protection money for drugs and their area of dominance is in the eastern parts of Nagaland, as well as in the Tirap and Changlang districts of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.
#4. Gold mining takes place quite close to NSCN(K) command headquarters.
#5. Top honchos of these group are given asylum in China covertly as Indian intelligence agencies are still probing the outfits relationship with China.