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Murkot Ramunny passes away at 95
Published on 10 Jul. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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First Commissioner of the then Naga Hills, Tuensang Area, former wing commander and first IAF pilot from Kerala Murkot Ramunny died, here Thursday. He was 95. He died at Thalassery Indira Gandhi Hospital due to old age illness. Murkot Ramunny was the first pilot in the IAF from Kerala. He holds the distinction of being the first commissioner of the then Naga Hills, which he held from 1957 to 1961. During the 13 years of service in Nagaland, he held different posts such as advisor to the governor, special secretary to state government, hill commander and deputy commissioner. He served as a pilot in the Indian Air Force during World War II and after Independence quit IAF and served the Government in various capacities. He was also the first Chief Instructor of the National Defence Academy. Born in Thallasery in 1915 Ramunny had his formal education at Brennan College and got his graduation from the Presidency College, Madras. He was awarded the “Tri Shakti Patta” by the King of Nepal for his work for the development of Nepal. Wg Cdr Ramunny flew with No 2, No 4 and No 6 Squadrons during his period of squadron service. Ramunny has also attended Prime Minister Nehru’s ‘midnight hour’ speech, in the Central Hall of Parliament, and the swearing in of the first Cabinet of Independent India. After retirement, Ramunny lived in Thalasery where he was running a school. The funeral would take place in the evening, family sources said. Governor, Chief Minister mourn State governor K Sankaranarayanan and chief minister Neiphiu Rio have expressed grief over the demise of Murkot Ramunny, saying “we have lost a veteran thinker, administrator and writer”, and that his death is a great loss for the people of Nagaland. In a condolence message, Sankaranarayanan said Murkot Ramunny’s services to Nagaland was exemplary and remembered by one and all. The governor said his contributions for the Shillong Accord would always be in the minds of the people of Nagaland. Describing Murkot Ramunny as a first state civil servant and a person with valuable and noteworthy contributions in various fields, the state governor said he stood for equalit y in the society. Sankaranarayanan has also conveyed heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family members and prayed God to grant them strength to bear the loss. State chief minister Neiphiu Rio in a message said Murkot Ramunny during his service not only showed his deep commitment to the state but also his personal attachment to the Naga people. “Even after his retirement he has kept alive his association with Naga people through his prolific writings like the book ‘The world of the Nagas’”, chief minister stated. Rio has also extended heartiest condolences to all the members of the bereaved family and prayed Almighty God provide them strength to bear this irreparable personal loss.

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