Picture of former NSCN (K) leader and his bodyguards with weapons allegedly at 35 Assam Rifles in Mon, Nagaland

Guwahati: Conflicting reports are emerging over the surrender of former general staff officer (GSO) of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Khaplang) Lt Gen (Retd) Nyemlang Konyak and his 4 bodyguards. On Tuesday a photograph showing the ultras with a cache of arms and ammunition on a table with the emblem of “Thundering Thirty Five” 35 Assam Rifles emerged. However, top sources at the 35 Assam Rifles have denied that he has surrendered.

The development came at a time when he is all set to join the NSCN (Reformation) and days after his expulsion from the Yung Aung faction of NSCN (K).

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According to sources, Konyak, who was expelled from the Yung Aung faction of NSCN (K) couple of months ago, reached Nagaland from Myanmar along with his four bodyguards. They were identified as 2nd Lt Rehinyei Konyak (joined in 2010), Lt Tahlem Konyak (joined in1993), Maj Wankai Konyak (Joined in 2004) and Chailai Konyak (joined in 1992).

According to defence sources, the ultras deposited one Austria made light machine gun (LMG), one M16 assault rifle, one AK56 rifle, one AK47 rifle and a pistol. Two magazines of M16 rifle with 40 rounds of ammunition, four magazines of AK47 with 120 rounds of ammunition, 62 rounds of ammunition, one belted box of LMG with 122 rounds, one magazine of pistol with 6 rounds were also submitted. They were also carrying communication equipment, mobile phones and other personnel belongings.

Top defence sources say that Nyemlang, along with bodyguards, are set to join NSCN (R), and the group has already reached the Tajum Pathar camp of NSCN (R).

A source in intelligence agency said, Nyemlang along with Niki Sumi and Starson tried to split the Yung Aung led NSCN (K), but they failed and were expelled.

An official version of defence PRO has not reached this correspondent and is awaited.

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In July, the NSCN (K) seemed to had headed for another split, with both the groups in Yung Aung led NSCN (K) issuing separate statements.

In August 2018, a year after the demise of its founder SS Khaplang on June 9, 2017, NSCN(K) got split into two factions after an apparent coup by Yung Aung ousting Khango Konyak who assumed charge the death of Khaplang.

Later, Khango entered India and after that joined ongoing Indo-Naga political dialogue in January 2019.

Nyemlang Konyak ‘appointed’ as chairman, claimed a statement issued by Niki Sumi issued on July 28

According to the statement, NSCN GPRN held a plenary meeting of all the concerned members in their party and government set-ups, chaired by pro-tem Speaker Lt Gen Niki Sumi wherein “the entire civil and military wings unanimously came to a decision to appoint Lt Gen (Rtd) Nyemlang Konyak Naga as the Chairman/President of NSCN/GPRN” and Starson lamkang Naga as General Secretary/Ato Kilonser of NSCN/GPRN respectively.

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“This appointment was mandated and necessitated by the void created and the unbecoming of a president by the former president Yung Aung who has been found in direct contravention of the provisions of the Yehzabo,” the release from the MIP (in-charge) stated.

The group alleged that Yung Aung, in “violation of the very fundamental tenets of the Yehzabo and the conventions of NSCN/GPRN,” acted alone and “tried to change the official seal of the GPRN by dispatching a newly self-designed seal to be used officially.” It was rejected outright by all the officials of NSCN/GPRN, the statement claimed.

It further alleged that the former president, “clandestinely established relationship and connived with NSCN (IM)…who have categorically stated in no uncertain terms and signed the 2015 accord to be included under the ambit of Indian constitution.”

Terming it as “a direct challenge to the mandate of the Naga people” and an attempt to “sabotage and undermine Naga Sovereign Rights,” it claimed that “the former president has lost all mandate of the Nagas.”

It claimed that despite “watertight charges” against him, the NSCN/GPRN “patiently waited” nearly 2 years, for the former President “to come to his senses and do right by the Naga people.” However, it claimed that he “deserted NSCN/GPRN and unofficially defected to NSCN (IM) and since then has been doing the bidding of NSCN (IM) under the directive of Indian government to sabotage and suppress our sovereign political rights.”.

As such, it declared that the former president “has been found guilty of serious dereliction of duty and conniving with elements trying to derail our sovereign political rights.”

Yung Aung-led NSCN (K) expels three

On July 29, a day after the statement from Sumi, the Yung Aung-led NSCN (K) issued a statement expelling Lt Gen Niki Sumi, Starson and Lt Gen Nyemlang “for anti-party activities with immediate effect.”

The statement from the outfit’s MIP held them in contempt against the party for “organizing illegal meetings without authorization from the party, failing to report to Council Headquarters even after repeated callings, heavy misappropriation of party fund and encouraging spread of ‘ism’ and divisive policies within the party.”

“Due to the above reasons, their expulsion becomes a necessity to save the party and our national struggle from further destruction,” the release stated.

It further cautioned that “any party members conniving with the expelled officials will be automatically terminated from the party membership.”

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