ITANAGAR, May 8 � Former Arunachal Social Welfare, Woman and Child Development Minister Newlai Tingkhatra passed away last night. He was undergoing treatment at Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon since April 25 last.
He was admitted at the hospital in a critical condition on April 25 last after he suffered a massive brain stroke the previous night at his hometown Kanubari in Longding district.
Tingkhatra, 62, is survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters. A three-time MLA from Kanubari Assembly constituency, late Tingkhatra belonged to the Wancho tribe.
Born on June 28, 1952 at Kanubari in Tirap district (now, Longding), late Tingkhatra, an Arts graduate, was first elected to the State Assembly in 1999 from Kanubari. He won the seat again in 2004 and 2009 and served the State in various capacities. He had also contested the recently held Assembly election on INC ticket from the Kanubari seat.
Meanwhile, State Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have expressed deep sense of shock and grief at the sudden demise of Tingkhatra and offered their condolences to the bereaved family.
In his condolence message, the Governor said late Tingkhata was a distinguished leader of the Wancho community, who made huge contribution towards peace and development in the State. He will always be remembered for his yeoman services and his development oriented endeavours and initiatives.
Chief Minister Tuki, who visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi where the mortal remains of late Tingkhatra were brought for post mortem and other necessary formalities for sending the body back to his hometown Kanubari for last rites, recalled his long association with Tingkhatra and said, �I have lost a good friend. He was a senior politician and one of the longest serving Ministers in the State who contributed significantly to public life.