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Ex-DIG (BSF) Zuheto passes away

Late Zuheto K. Swu
Published on 21 Aug. 2008 2:00 AM IST
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Former General of Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) and DIG (Retd), BSF, Zuheto K. Swu, KC, VSM, passed away Wednesday at Zion Hospital, Dimapur, around 3.15 p.m. after a prolonged illness. Born on September 9, 1929, the same year the Nagas submitted the first memorandum to the Simon Commission stating their desire to live as free people, Gen. Zuheto leaves behind his wife Innoli Khevili, three sons, three 3 daughters and twelve grandchildren.The funeral services of late Zuheto will be held Thursday at Thilixu, Dimapur (7 a.m) and on Friday at Satakha Town (8 a.m). Zuheto joined the Naga National Movement in 1955 after completing his matriculation and participated in the process of the formation of the FGN, where he rose to the rank General Adjutant of General Headquarters (GHQ) and officiating Commander-in-Chief, Naga Army, in 1967. But during this time, a period of mistrust and mutual suspicion within the leadership of the FGN culminated, and Zuheto was compelled to severe ties with the FGN. He then joined the newly launched Revolutionary Government and thence proceeded with talks with the Government of India. In 1973, Zuheto joined the mainstream and began his career in the Border Security Force (BSF) where he served for 22 years. As battalion commander, he was recognized with a host of awards for his meritorious service including Kirti Chakhra and Vishist Seva Medal. In 1993, he was promoted to DIG, Nagaland/Manipur and retired from the service in 1995. After retirement from active service, late Zuheto served as an executive member and later, as advisor in the Sumi Hoho. He also authored a book ‘Sumi Xu Ghili’ (The History of Sumis). Chingwang condoles. Congress veteran and Leader of Opposition Chingwang Konyak has expressed shock at the untimely demise of late Zuheto. Chingwang in a condolence message said “Late Zuheto was known to me and his service in different capacity as General in Naga Federal Army and later as Commandant in BSF shall be remembered in fond memory by the people.”

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