Kohima: In a snub to the Manipur government's ban on his visit, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) leader T. Muivah on Wednesday arrived at the State's frontiers. From here, he is set to embark on a journey to his birthplace, where prohibitory orders have been issued and security heightened to avoid tribal unrest.

The 75-year-old reached Viswema village, near the Nagaland-Manipur border, on his way home to the Somdal village in Ukhrul district of the the neighbouring State.

Escorted by members of the Naga civil society, Mr. Muivah left the NSCN-IM headquarters, Camp Hebron, near Dimapur at noon after a brief prayer and arrived here to a warm welcome at the check gate on the National Highway - 39. He was then escorted to the Viswema village, 25 km south of this town.

Mr. Muivah will stay overnight at Viswema, near the Mao gate on the inter-State border, from where he will go to Somdal on Thursday, said the Naga Hoho leaders, who are coordinating Mr. Muivah's entourage. The timing of his departure was not disclosed due to security reasons.

The Nagaland police have provided Mr. Muivah with a bullet-proof vehicle, while security forces have been deployed on the national highway, a senior Nagaland police officer said.