In fact, according one of the topmost Meitei (Manipur) insurgent leaders, Rajkumar Meghen alias Sana Yaima, leader of the UNLF (the United Nationalist Liberation Front), Khaplang and his men had nearly succeeded in assassinating Muivah and Swu at a large common camp NSCN used to share with other insurgent groups on the India-Myanmar border.
After the failure of the Shillong Accord signed between the Indian government and Phizo's Naga National Council in 1975, Khaplang and Muivah went underground and formed the NSCN.
On the other hand, the Union minister said that, the ongoing talks with pro-talk faction group of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is in confidence level. (Retd) S. Singnya, Kedahge, FGN in a joint press statement had this to say of their old comrade Khaplang, "You had not only run your race well but inspired many of us to run and keep running".
The NSCN-K and the Narendra Modi government have refused to re-enter the ceasefire for peaceful dialogue to this day.
Konyak, who held the rank of "lieutenant general" in the Naga Army, was elected as vice chairman of NSCN (K) in May 2011.
Khaplang, a veteran Naga leader, has been known to have health issues in the past. Be belong to Hemi Naga tribe of Myanmar. He leaves behind four children, including a daughter.
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Khaplang started the Naga armed struggle in the early 1960s by forming the Naga Defence Force after Zapu A.Z. Phizo declared war on India. Later, he became vice chairman of the Eastern Naga Revolutionary Council.
Khaplang, chief of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland who has changed the face of insurgency in the North East, died in the hospital in Burma.
India blamed his group for killing 18 army soldiers in Manipur state bordering Myanmar in 2015 in the worst attack by the insurgents in two decades.
With the passing away of Khaplang and the death of Issac Swu in June 2016, only Th-Muivah, among the most influential, second generation Naga insurgent leaders, remains active and alive. Rijiju said the Indian government had withdrawn from a ceasefire with NSCN-K after banning it in 2015 through a special notification.
The National Investigation Agency had filed a chargesheet against Khaplang and announced a reward of Rs 7 lakh on him and even sent a detailed dossier on him to Myanmar through diplomatic channels.