GUWAHATI: Isak Chishi Swu, who led the Naga insurgency movement for more than five decades, died in a New Delhi hospital on Tuesday following multi-organ failure.
He was 87 and is survived by his wife, five sons and a daughter. He was admitted to the Fortis Hospital on July 5 last year. Sources said his body would be brought to Nagaland on Wednesday.
Swu was a co-founder of insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) and was its chairman. He was also the president of Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN), a parallel government which the outfit runs.
The insurgent leader was born in 1929 at Chishilimi village in Nagaland’s Zunheboto district and belonged to the Sumi tribe. He did his schooling at the American Mission School in his village and later, at the Government High School in Kohima. He graduated with honours in political science from the St Anthony’s College in Shillong. After his graduation, he was drawn to the Naga insurgency movement and eventually joined it in the late 1950s.