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Late O. Kathipri laid to rest

Family members mourn near the coffin of late O Kathipri (inset) during the funeral service held Friday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Dec. 2008 12:50 AM IST
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Senior citizen and former development commissioner O. Kathipri, IFAS, also the father in-law of chief minister Neiphiu Rio, expired Friday morning after a brief illness at Bethel Hospital and was later laid to rest here at his private residence, Midland colony. He was 92 and leaves behind his wife, two sons, three daughters including the wife of chief minister Neiphiu Rio and a host of grand children and great grand children. People from different walks of life attended the funeral service of late Kathipri and spoke on the occasion. Chief minister Neiphiu Rio in his brief address at the funeral service termed his father in law as a “compassionate” and “exemplary” father. Similarly, State chief secretary Nagaland, Lalhuma said late Kathipri was a “fine administrator” who had served the people with commitment. President, Tenyimi Peoples’ Organization (TPO) ZM Sekhose said late Kathipri was a “solid rock foundation” who tirelessly worked to bring together and uplift the Tenyimi people in particular and Nagas in general. President, Memei Council of Mao, also spoke at the funeral service. Late Kathipri’s son Athili Kathipri spoke on behalf of the family members. Several condolence messages were also received from various dignitaries, organizations and individuals, including that from Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, Governor of Maharashtra SC Jamir, Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi, Naga Hoho, Senior Citizen’s Forum, Political Affairs Committee (PAC) Nagaland, Nagaland Pensioners Association, Nagaland Civil Service Association, Nagaland Peace Centre, Naga Mothers’ Association, Tangkhul Union, NUTA, Jakhama Union, Minister P. Longon, Minister G. Kaito Aye, parliamentary secretary S. Pangyuh Phom, MLA I. Imkong, DC Mokokchung and Health & Family Welfare Department. Rev. Keneilevi Khate, Pastor, Union Baptist Church, Kohima, administered the final rites. Late O. Kathipri born May 1916 at Punanamei, a Mao village, graduated from St. Paul’s College, Calcutta in 1946 and had served in various administrative and judicial capacities in Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland and was one of the architects of Nagaland State.

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