IMPHAL ,August 25,2017: The funeral ceremony of former Manipur Chief Minister Rishang Keishing which was suppose to take place today, however the burial ceremony was held yesterday at his Imphal residence at MantriPukhri amid tight security.The mortal remains of the former CM was suppose to be buried at his birthplace in Bungpa Khunou in Kamjong district.
However according to family sources of Keishing the funeral ceremony was held yesterday because of an alleged ‘diktat’ issued by NSCN-IM but did not reveal the reason for the outfit’s demand.
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, opposition leader and former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and many others attended the burial. C.P. Joshi, General Secretary of the Congress, was present on behalf of the party. He also read out a condolence message from Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Keishing died on Tuesday night in an Imphal hospital where he was admitted on July 1. He was 97 and is survived by his wife Kathingla, three sons and a daughter.
Earlier, Keishing’s body was brought to the Congress office where the rank and file offered floral tributes. The party also flew its flag half mast.
As Manipur Chief Minister from 1980 to 1988 and from 1995 to 1998, he escaped assassination attempts by militants several times.
Keishing, who is of Tangkhul tribe from Ukhrul, faced death threats. On one occasion, militants ambushed him in Leishi village in Ukhrul district. Three security guards were killed but Keishing escaped unscathed. A freedom fighter and a member of India’s first Lok Sabha (1952-57), Keishing retired from the Rajya Sabha as its oldest member in 2014 after serving two terms.
Keishing said shortly before his death that he was not free to talk much in view of threat perceptions. He always spoke about integrity and communal harmony.
TNT News with inputs from Daily World