August 5, 2015 4:07:24 am
Isak Chisi Swu, the ‘I’ in the NSCN(IM), signed on the accord with the Centre on his hospital bed. Isak wanted to attend the meeting at the PMO despite his poor health, but doctors at the Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj, where he is undergoing treatment, did not allow him to move out.
Swu (85) was a key player when peace talks were held and a ceasefire agreement reached between his group and the Centre in 1997.
A member of the group of seven, which went to the PMO along with NSCN general secretary T Muivah, confirmed that Swu wanted to join them, but was denied permission by his doctors.
“Doctors attending to him did not agree with us about taking him to the PMO fearing that his health would deteriorate. He showed his excitement to go with us, but could not speak as he is advised by the doctors not to,” V S Atem, NSCN (IM)’s former military chief and part of its core group said.
Atem said that after their PMO visit, the group went to take Isak’s signature on the peace agreement.
“When we said we have come to get his signature he smiled and gladly did it. He shook hands with everyone and recognised everybody. Although he is physically unfit, he seems mentally very alert,” Atem added.
Atem also claimed that Isak always wanted a peace agreement with the Centre. “His dream came true,” he said.
A source close to Swu’s family said his two sons, who stay abroad, are currently by his side at the hospital, where he’s being kept under police protection.
Isak was admitted to the hospital on July 5 after complaining about general weakness and regular fevers. He developed a chest infection on July 16.
His health condition was steadily improving, claimed sources at the hospital.
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