Guwahati, February 11, 2019
Almost three years after the death of Isak Chishi Swu, one of the founder members of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), the NSCN – IM has appointed Naga leader Qhehezu Tuccu as its chairman on February 11th, 2019 and Ti Wango as vice-chairman.
Tuccu was appointed and handed over the charge during an assembly of the group. NSCN-IM’s general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah was present in the meeting.
Muivah and SS Khaplang were the other two instrumental in the creation of the NSCN on January 31st, 1980 after opposing the ‘Shillong Accord’ signed by the then Naga National Council (NNC) with the Indian government. Following a disagreement with NNC, Swu along with other two split NNC into a new faction, called the NSCN.
It was later split again when Khaplang decided to part ways and created his own faction called NSCN (K) due to clan rivalries among the Konyak Naga of Nagaland and the Tangkhul Naga of Manipur.
Swu breathed his last at the age of 86 after undergoing treatment for almost a year at a private hospital in South Delhi. After his death, the post remained vacant.
The main goal of the NSCN is to establish a sovereign Naga state, ‘Nagalim’.