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Remains of slain ‘Angh’ laid to rest, after 50 yrs
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 5 (NPN):
Published on 6 Feb. 2011 12:09 AM IST
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The mortal remains of late Tsovori Rose, “Angh (governor), Chakhesang Province” of the erstwhile “Naga National Freedom Movement”, who was killed by the Indian Army in 1961 and buried at New Jandalashung under Wokha district were exhumed on February 2 and taken to the native village, Thipüzumi village under Phek district on Friday.
Many prominent leaders of Chakhesang community gathered at Thipüzumi village and paid glowing tribute to the contributions and sacrifice made by late Tsovori, towards the community in particular, and Nagas in general.
One of the pioneers of education and Christianity for the Chakhesangs, and the then “Angh” (governor) of the Naga National Council (NNC), late Tsovori was killed along with his security officer “captain” Vatsühi Thira of Kikrüma village, by Indian armed forces on March 19, 1961 while attending a “federal meeting” at Hongku, present Jandalashung-B village. Following a long search for the five decades old burial place, family members have, after 50 years, found the spot and exhumed the mortal remains of the two. Speaking at the funeral service of late Tsovori at Thipüzumi village Friday, FGN “kedaghe” (president) “gen.retd.” Viyalie Metha called upon the younger generation to remember the sacrifices made by leaders like “Angh” Tsovori, who laid down his life in service of the “nation”. Stating that the late leader might have died before his time, Metha said late Tsovori however, had done his bid, and that it was for the present generation to endeavor in keeping his work and legacy alive.
He also talked about the initial years of “Naga national freedom movement”, reminiscing the ideologies of “freedom fighters” like late A.Z. Phizo and contributions of the peer group of late Tsovori. Metha lamented that the movement has now broken out into different groups. However asserting that the people still stood under one “nation”, one “yehzabo” and one flag, the FGN president called upon all to uphold sacrifices that their predecessors made for the “Naga nation” and emerge together to “reap the harvest”.
The FGN paid homage to the departed soul with a display of “Guard of Honor” with the “Naga national flag” was flown at half-mast at the family home. Elderly men folk of the village also showed their reverence to late Tsovori by demonstrating traditional parting ritual in full ethnic gear. The service was attended by various government and social dignitaries including Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) president Sovenyi and colleagues, Chakhesang Students’ Union (CSU) executives, Chakhesang Mothers’ Association members, FGN rank and file as well as “kilo kilonser” Shevohü, Thipuzümi welfare union members from Kohima, Phek and Dimapur districts, and village residents.
En route to the native villages, a send-off service in honour of the slain “freedom fighters” was held at Chakhesang Baptist Church Kohima where short speeches were delivered by parliamentary secretary Chotisuh Sazo, former president CPO Yiesonü Veyie, Thiyiswüyo Kezo and Rev. Khrotso Mero.
Meanwhile, family members of late Tsovori have acknowledged the contributions of FGN “major general” Chenirao, former GB New Jandalashung Anyemo, pastor Thenchio, Wepretso Mero NCS officer and various prayer groups. Late Tsovori Rose converted to Christianity in 1938, the first from Thipüzu village; in 1945, he served as the head master at Private Middle School Chozuba and then as head master Kikruma Middle School from 1946 till early 1956; he founded Thipuzumi Students’ Union (TSU) in 1946, then subsequently, the Chakhesang Students’ Union (CSU) in March 1947 along with Goyiepra Kenye, Rev. Zaduyi, Edisoyi Rose and Zashei Huire, and served as its chairman/president; he joined the Naga National Freedom Movement in 1956 and was elected chairman/president of Chakhesang Regional Council, and in 1958 he was elected as “Angh” (governor) to the Chakhesang Province. He died at the age of 43, leaving behind his wife Vethihülü Rose, two sons and four daughters.

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