NEW DELHI(PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Naga militant leader Isak Chisi Swu and said he will be remembered for his historical role in bringing out the Framework Agreement for Naga peace.
“My heartfelt condolences to the family and supporters of Mr. Isak Chisi Swu on his demise. May his soul rest in peace,” Modi tweeted.
“Mr. Swu will be remembered for his historical role in bringing out the Framework Agreement for Naga peace,” he added.
Modi said Swu had wished the best for the Naga people and aspired for peace. Swu, who led a bloody insurgency in the Northeast for over three decades, died here today following multi-organ failure.
In her condolence message, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said she hoped that Swu’s legacy would evolve into that of lasting peace and reconciliation.
The 87-year-old Chairman of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) was undergoing treatment for almost a year at a private hospital in South Delhi where he breathed his last around noon, Nagaland government spokesperson Kuolie Mere said.
In August last year, the NSCN-IM signed a Framework Agreement with the government which the Prime Minister had described as a “historic” step to usher in peace in the state.
The pact had been signed in the presence of the Prime Minister, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval by Muivah and government’s interlocutor R N Ravi at the PM’s residence.