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Khodao Yanthan laid to rest
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Mar. 2010 1:07 AM IST
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A man who trekked from Nagaland to London on a Naga nationalism mission was laid to rest Thursday at Atepyong 2 km from Lakhuti village, Wokha amidst a gathering of state and local dignitaries, family, and longtime friends. NSCN/GPRN vice president late Khodao Yanthan, died March 1 at the age of 87 after suffering from old age ailments for past couple of years. The mortal remains of the leader reached his native village – Lakhuti – Thursday morning after “state funeral” service at Hebron Camp, brief halt in Kohima and mass funeral service at Wokha local ground. Earlier, in Wokha, more than 15,000 people from all walks of life including school children bade adieu to late Khodao Yanthan. The mass funeral service was organized by the Lotha (Kyong) Hoho and NSCN (I-M). The coffin containing the body of late Naga leader was kept over night at Wokha for public to pay their last respect and homage. In a heartfelt eulogy, the Lotha (Kyong) Hoho chairman Yansathung Jami described late Khodao Yanthan as the father of all Kyongs and Lothas as his generations. He also recalled the selfless sacrifices made and endured by deceased Naga revolutionary leader for the sake of Naga nationalism. Calling on the Lothas (Kyongs) to uphold his principals and values, Kyong Hoho chairman urged all Lothas to pay due respect and honour to the departed leader who lived and died for the Naga nation. PAC chairman, Dr. T. M Lotha, described him as a rare Naga leader who lived fully for Naga nationalism. He also said that the deceased leader was one of the father figures in Naga political movement and a rare Naga leader who sacrificed everything fighting for the cause of the Nagas till his death. NLA deputy speaker Ralanthung Yanthan spoke on behalf of the relatives and parliamentary secretary W. Kithan spoke on behalf of Wokha district legislators, steering committee members NSCN (I-M) Kilo Kilonser, R.K Tsanglao, Eloe Hoho Wokha president Zuchobeni Ezung, KBES executive secretary Rev. Dr. Nrio Ezung and his close friends. During the mass funeral, Lakhuti Baptist Ekhumkho Wokha town and Kook village presented special song. Various leaders and unions including Kyong Hoho, Eloe Hoho, Wokha legislature representatives, Kyong Students Union and many others paid floral tributes to the departed leader. Later, after the funeral service at Wokha local ground, the coffin left for Lakhuti village for final resting. The final funeral service was held in Lakhuti village at around 2 p.m., which was followed by his burial with various leaders and close friends paying their last respect.

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