NPF legislator T. Torechu passes away; state funeral today

NPF legislator T. Torechu passes away; state funeral today
Neiphiu and others paying homage to late T. Torechu (Inset).
DIMAPUR, DEC 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/16/2019 12:48:42 PM IST

NPF legislator T. Torechu passed away on Monday at CIHSR, Dimapur. He leaves behind his wife, six sons and one daughter. He was 71.

In a notification, the state government has announced to hold a state funeral on December 17 at 11 a.m. at Pungro town local ground. T. Torechu, did his early education from Pungro government school, higher secondary from GHS Tuensang and pursued higher studies from Fazal Ali College, Mokokchung.

Before joining active politics, late Torechu served as government teacher and also held several posts in various organisations.

Torechu won four consecutive elections from 2003 (as BJP) and from NPF ticket in 2008, 2013 and 2018. In 1982 Torechu lost as an Independent and in 1987 he lost as NNDP candidate.

Send-off service held: A send off service was held at the residence of late T Torechu where host of legislators and well-wishers led by chief minister Neiphiu Rio paid homage to the departed soul. In his brief address, chief minister Neiphiu Rio said late Torechu was a good friend and a true leader, who was sincere and committed to serve his people. 

NPF president, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu also paid homage to the departed soul. He recalled Torechu as a student leader and a teacher, who was dedicated to the people. 

Liezietsu said during the last 17 years, the people of his area witnessed development due to his commitment. Short speeches were also delivered by minister V Kashiho Sangtam, Yimchungru Tribal Council and his son spoke on behalf of the family. State Chaplain Rev Kuzierang invoked God’s blessing at the program. Deputy chief minister Y Patton along with hosts of ministers, advisors, MLAs, government officials and well-wishers were present to pay their respects


Governor: Nagaland governor, RN Ravi in a condolence message to late Torechu’s wife Kiusushi, said he was deeply pained to learn the sudden demise of T. Torechu, MLA of 60 A/C Pungro, Kiphire in the early hours of December 16, from Referral Hospital, Dimapur.

Ravi said Torechu was known for his cheerful appearance, who was very kind at heart. He acknowledged that Torechu, a committed leader belonging to one of the most interior region of the State bordering Myammar, brought big transformation in terms of progress and development in the constituency after successfully contesting 2003 General Election to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. In his death, a vacuum has been created which will take a long time to fill up, Ravi added.

He further conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed to Almighty God to grant peace and solace at this hour of great pain.

CM: Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio expressed deep pain by the demise of  T. Torechu, MLA of 60 Pungro-Kiphire A/C. 

Recalling his association with Torechu for more over a decade, Rio said he found him to be sincere and committed in his service to the people. 

He was a simple, hardworking and down to earth person and enthusiastic to serve the people.

Rio said he had visited late Torechu at the hospital on December 13, but had no inkling that fate would take him away from us so soon. 

He said it was painful to lose a friend, a brother, a fellow colleague and most importantly a leader whose presence will be dearly missed. 

In a condolence to Mrs Kiushe, Rio, on his behalf and on behalf of the state government, extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that Almighty God grant strength and solace in this hour of grief and for the departed soul rest in eternal peace.

NLA speaker-in-charge: Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker-in-charge Sharingain Longkumer has expressed deep grief over the demise of T Torechu, MLA, and said that in his death, the State has lost a committed leader which will be felt greatly by the Naga people in general and the Yimchunger tribe in particular.

In a condolence message, Sharingain Longkumer described late Torechu as a dynamic public leader who dedicated his life for the welfare of the Naga people. 

NLA speaker-in-charge, on behalf of the Members of the 13th NLA, conveyed heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Kiusushi, children and family members and prayed that the Almighty God grant them solace and comfort at this hour of grief.

Dy. CM: Deputy chief minister, Y. Patton has expressed deep anguish over the untimely demise of his friend and long associated colleague Torechu, MLA 60 Pungro Kiphire A/C. 

Patton described late Torechu as profound gentleman, simple, respectable and  lovable in the eyes of the people. His untimely demise was a huge loss not only to the Yimchunger community or the constituency, but to the Naga society as a whole. Patton said Torechu’s immense contributions, as legislator, towards the Naga society will be fondly remembered. 

Patton on behalf of the BJP legislators extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that the Almighty grant them strength to bear the loss in fortitude and also prayed that the departed soul rest in eternal peace.

NPF president: NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu said he along with the party rank and file was deeply pained and saddened to learn the demise of one of its senior most NPF legislator, T. Torechu after a prolong illness.

Dr. Liezietsu said it was tragic that one of the finest and loyal MLA of the party had left for his heavenly abode. Though he is no more, Dr. Liezietsu his name will always be on record and his demise was a great loss to the NPF family.

The NPF party expressed deepest condolences to the family, his constituency and prayed to Almighty to grant solace and comfort to all. The party also prayed that Almighty lift up the light of His countenance upon the departed soul and give him peace, now and forever.

BJP state president: BJP Nagaland state unit president and minister of higher & technical education & tribal affairs, Temjen Imna Along, has expressed sadness over the passing of T Torechu,  MLA, and said that in his death, the state has indeed lost “an upright and towering leader”, whose contribution of developmental activities in his constituency as well as the state were immense.

In a condolence message, Along said late Torechu was a leader whose benevolent nature had captivated the hearts of many who were fortunate to have been associated with him during his lifetime.

BJP state president also recalled that late Torechu’s  association with the State  BJP dated back to the year 2003, when he contested and won the State Assembly Election on  BJP ticket from 60 Pungro Constituency, Kipheri District. “Thus, his contribution to the state BJP party is well acknowledged,” Along said and conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family members.

LoP: Leader of Opposition (LoP) Nagaland, TR Zeliang, has expressed pain at the demise of NPF MLA, T Torechu, and said that his demise was a great loss to the Naga Peoples’ Front in particular and the Nagas in general.

In a condolence message to Mrs. Kiusushi Torechu, the leader of opposition remembered late Torechu as a man of his word whose service and contributions to the Naga people would be ever remembered. Zeliang also said that late Torechu was a tall leader who understood the pain and suffering of his Constituency people and the Naga people in general. “He was also a man of few words but remained committed to what he said,” LoP said and extended deepest condolences and pray that God grant peace and solace to all the bereaved family members, relatives, friends, colleagues and all his near and dear ones.

Lok Sabha MP: Lok Sabha MP, Tokheho Yepthomi, has expressed deep shock over the passing of T Torechu, MLA. 

In a condolence message, Tokheho said he had had the privilege of knowing late Torechu for many years as colleagues and friends in the Nagaland legislative assembly. MP said late Torechu worked for his people and Nagaland with all sincerity and dedication. “During his illness also he continued to serve the people of Nagaland. We have lost a good person in him,” MP said and conveyed deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved family.

YTC: Yimchungrü Tribal Council (YTC) has deeply mourned the demise of T Torechu, MLA, and said that his selfless sacrifices and contributions for the welfare of the people during his lifetime would always be remembered.

In a condolence message, YTC president, Throngso, and general secretary, Laji Luyanba, said late Torechu served as joint secretary and general secretary YTC and also the founding member of TMPO/ENPO. He also served as Social and Cultural Secretary of Yimchungrü Akherü Arihako (YAA). YTC said that late Torechu was the pioneer and the torchbearer of the people of Yimchungrü. 

YTC conveyed its deepest condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family members and near and dear ones at this time of pain and grief.

NPF minority wing: NPF Minority Wing Central has extended deepest condolences on the sudden demise of T Torechu, MLA, who it said was a strong and dynamic political leader. 

In a condolence message, NPF minority wing said that “He will be remembered in the midst of NPF party worker and people of Nagaland for his immense contribution.”

DENSU: Dimapur Eastern Nagaland Students Union (DENSU) has expressed sadness at the untimely demise of late T Torechu, MLA, and said that vacuum created by his death would be difficult to fill.

In a condolence message, the union described late Torechu as one of the sincere, honest, and kindhearted persons who also had a vision for younger generation. 

DENSU also conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members at this grief hour.

ANTA Pungro unit: All Nagaland Taxi Association (ANTA), Pungro unit has expressed shock and grief over the demise of T. Torechu, MLA, and said his passing would be a great loss not only for Yimchunger but Nagas as a whole.

In a condolence message, ANTA Pungro unit described late Torechu as a man of patience, who dedicated his life for the welfare of the people, and said he would always be remembered as “our greatest leader.”

The association extends heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and relatives. 


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