Swu to visit his village for X-mas

Our correspondent

Kohima, Dec. 21: NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu will celebrate Christmas at his native village in Chishilimi after more then 40 years. He will be accompanied by his family members and several top leaders of the group.

Family sources said the Naga leader would leave for Pughoboto, his hometown in Zunheboto district of Nagaland, tomorrow morning and then proceed to Chishilimi, 25km from Pughoboto.

The NSCN (I-M) chairman and secretary Thuingaleng Muivah have already arrived at camp Hebron, the NSCN (I-M) headquarters, 30km from Dimapur, to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

Sources said elaborate arrangements have been made at Pughoboto to welcome Swu who will be visiting the town after more than four decades as well.

Last year, the Centre had barred Swu and Muivah from visiting Zunheboto, saying that their visit would generate anti-India feeling among the people.

Muivah had visited Pughoboto on June 21, 2010 and praised Swu's dedication and sacrifice towards the Naga national cause while addressing a mammoth gathering for more than five hours.

Villagers of Chishilimi are also making hectic preparations to welcome Swu and his members and to celebrate Christmas, the sources said.

The state government has beefed up security in and around Pughoboto and Chishilimi. The NSCN (I-M) has also deployed its cadres to thwart any untoward incident during its chairman's visit.

The Centre has placed Swu and Muivah under Z-plus category though their movements have been restricted to some extent.

"We are providing adequate security to Swu," state home minister Imkong L. Imchen told The Telegraph.

Sources said Swu would meet leaders of different organisations during his stay at Chishilimi.

The collective leadership of NSCN (I-M), including Swu and Muivah, greeted the people on Christmas.