DIMAPUR, JUNE 11 (MExN): The funeral for late SS Khaplang, former Chairman of the NSCN (K), who passed away on June 9, will be held on June 12, 9:00am, at Taka Council Headquarters.
Athong Makury from the Council of Naga Affairs informed this to the media today, adding that the funeral will take place in the presence of “revolutionary parties of WESEA Region and civil representatives from all the Naga inhabited areas.”
ENPO declares June 13 as day of mourning
The Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO) has meanwhile declared June 13 a day of mourning with regard to the passing away of former NSCN (K) Chairman, SS Khaplang.
This was decided in an emergency joint consultative meeting held with 6 federating tribal bodies and frontal organisations on June 10.
A press note from the ENPO informed that the meeting resolved to observe the day of mourning by shutting down all private institutions and business establishments on June 13 in the entire Eastern Nagaland jurisdiction as a mark of respect and honour to the departed leader.
Further, it has informed that all private institutions and business establishments shall come under the purview of the proposed dawn to dusk shut down, and the Eastern Nagaland Students Federation (ENSF) have been entrusted to mobilise the ground works for the same.
The ENPO, in its condolence message meanwhile said that late SS Khaplang had “dedicated his life for more than half a century in struggle with a sincere hope that his people may see the light of both physical and spiritual.”
“At this hour of grief, we express our deep sorrow and convey sincere sympathy to the bereaved family members and pray for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace. Though he is no more with us physically, his spirit of unwavering resistance will live in the hearts and minds of the people,” the statement added.
The ENPO recalled its initiative of persuading the late leader and his government to reconsider the abrogation of ceasefire agreement with the GoI and to opt for a peaceful dialogue. “The ENPO hope and pray that the new leadership would consider the appeal made by the public,” it said.