lumba raising

UKHRUL | May 18

Hundreds of people came to pay their last respect to the departed leader of NSCN, Lumba Raising, who was an executive member of Steering Committee, NSCN today at Town Hall, Ukhrul.

Lumba Raising had been undergoing treatment for cancer for some time and passed away at around 3 am on May 17 at Referral Hospital, Dimapur.

He joined NSCN in 1988 and was the first principal secretary of GPRN.  He also served as auditor general, chaplee (finance) secretary, keya (defense) secretary, kilo (home) secretary, secretary of arts, culture and tourism, tatar, deputy kilonser (ministry of kilo) and kilonser of mines and mineral.

He is fondly addressed as Alum by his colleagues and friends. He was survived by his wife, six children and 10 grandchildren.

Lumba Raising from Peh village was born on May 2, 1948. Raphei Katamnao Long, students’ body of Northern Tangkhul in their condolence message stated that “Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt for the loss of our leader. We fondly remembered him as one of the inspirational leaders who always defended the rights for the cause of Naga Nation. His demise has left a big vacuum”.

Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong, another student’s body of Tangkhul community stated that “It is deeply saddening to learn the sudden passing of Lumba Raising. In this hour of sorrow and grief, TKS convey heartfelt condolences to the family. “We will cherish and admire the great sacrifice he had made for the cause of Naga Nation” it added.

Tangkhul Naga Long, Tangkhul Shanao Long, Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long and Four Longphang of Tangkhul also expressed their sorrow and heartfelt condolences. All shops and institutions were closed and vehicular movement came to a halt as a mark of solidarity and respect to the departed leader.

After the condolence service programme at Ukhrul headquarter, his body was taken to his native village accompanied by leaders of Tangkhul frontal organisations and well-wishers. Lumba Raising will be laid to rest for eternal bliss tomorrow at Peh Village.

~IFP

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