Kohima, April 10: A prominent Naga political leader, Kaka, D. Iralu who expired Thursday evening at Referral Hospital Dimapur was laid to rest at Medzephema Friday morning.
Kaka, who was a Foreign Kilonser (Minister) of Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) of the Naga National Council (NNC) died last evening surrounded by his loved ones. His funeral service was held this morning in presence of his family members and loved ones. He was 64.
Family sources said his memorial service will be conducted after the current situation is normalized.
During his lifetime, Kaka had authored books on Naga nationalism. A diehard Naga nationalist, he was also one of the main pillars of Naga National Council (NNC).
Zeliang: Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition, T R Zeliang has also expressed shock and sorrow over the demise of Kaka. Zeliang described him as a patriotic soul, an intellectual and a man who stood for the Naga cause till his last breath.
“We have lost a significant figure whose desire for liberation of the Naga people was manifested through his exemplary life and the void created by his demise will be difficult to fill,” he said.
Imkong Imchen: MLA Imkong Imchen has expressed grief at the demise of Kaka Iralu and described him as one of the last post Naga patriotic and freedom fighters.
Stating that Naga people have lost a true patriotic freedom fighter and would not be able to fill the vacuum left behind by him, Imkong and his wife conveyed heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family.
ANSF: The Arunachal Naga Students’ Federation (ANSF) has also mourned the death of FGN leader and described him as a true Naga patriot.3
FNR: Forum for Naga Reconciliation has expressed shock at the passing away of Kaka D Iralu in Dimapur on April 9 and said his life was an epic, a grand tale of uncompromising Naga spirit.
In a world of differing stances, Kaka remains undisputed as a voice of Naga rights, the sturdiest of nationalism, and the firmest of friends, the FNR said.
The FNR also said his record as one of the champions of Naga nationalism will remain an inspiration. (Page News Service)