Panshumthong chief dies at 110

KHONSA, Aug 19: Chief of Panshumthong village Wangkap Lowang died at his Panshumthong residence, 15-km from here at 1.30 am on Thursday after prolonged illness.

Khonsa Bazaar remained closed on Wednesday as decided by Bazaar Welfare Committee as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Born on December 15, 1910 to late Wangpam Lowang, he was 110 and was the oldest man of Tirap district. He is survived by 2 sons 3 daughters, 15 grandsons, 12 grand daughters, 29 great grandchildren.

He had served as political assistant in NEFA days and retired from DC office after superannuation in 198. His second son Manwang Lowang is at home, first son T.L. Rajkumar, former speaker-cum-minister, is on way from Bangalore. One of his grandson is Gautam Sawang, an IPS officer, serving now as Andhra Pradesh DGP.

Popularly known as Tedong (Great grandfather) was the first person from undivided Tirap district to work under Britishers before independence. He was fluent in Hindi, Assamese and capable of writing in English.

Paramount chiefs Wanglin Lowangdong (Borduria) and   Sunwang Lowangdong (Namsang) would attend his funeral rights.

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