Kohima: NSCN (IM) general secretary Th. Muivah has been reportedly admitted to a hospital in Dimapur on Saturday evening. According to the reports, he was admitted to the Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CIHSR) Dimapur.
The reports said he was brought to the hospital at around 6.30 pm and was soon after shifted to the ICU. Doctors said that he had a fever and his oxygen level dropped but he was otherwise stable.
Muivah was at Dimapur to attend a meeting with the Core Committee on Naga Political Issue on Wednesday along with some other leaders of the NSCN (IM). He was staying at the police guest house in Chmukdima on the outskirts of Dimapur.
Muivah was said to have tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, a day after the meeting but tested negative the following day. Several others had also tested positive for the virus along with him.
A large number of police and army personnel were on guard outside the hospital. Besides, several leaders of the NSCN (IM) had also arrived and were monitoring his situation.
The NSCN-IM, one of the largest insurgent groups in the northeast, has a ceasefire with the centre. It has held about 80 rounds of talks with the centre since August 1997 and Th Muivah has been leading the delegation.
The central government has been separately holding the peace talks with NSCN-IM and eight other outfits that came together a few years ago under the banner of Naga National Political Groups.
Following a nearly year-long deadlock over the issue of a separate flag and constitution, the insurgent group said earlier this year that the Naga political talk teams are back on the table. It had then said the negotiations would continue under the 2015 agreement signed by the centre and NSCN(IM) to pave the way to a final solution to the Naga issue.