Dimapur, Jan 28: Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy passed away at his Kohima residence this afternoon. He had been suffering from liver cancer and had undergone treatment in a Delhi hospital for a considerable period of time.

Toy was 57 and is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. A 1989 batch IAS officer, he took over as the Nagaland Chief Secretary in March, 2018. Toy belonged to a respectable family and was known for his composure even in the face of dire conditions.

“Extremely sad and shocked to know that Shri @temjentoy is no more with us. We lost an able administrator and one of the finest human being! May his soul rest in peace. May God give strength to family to bear with this devastating tragedy,” the Raj Bhavan, Kohima, tweeted.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio also expressed deep grief at Toy’s death. “I am extremely saddened at the passing away of @temjentoy, Chief Secretary of Nagaland,” Rio wrote in his Twitter handle.

He described Toy as a humble, upright and dedicated government servant. His death is a huge loss for the State Government and the Nagas as a whole, he added.

The ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party also expressed grief at Toy’s demise. Party chief Chingwang Konyak said Toy was compassionate, tolerant and assuring towards all. He was the personification of a bureaucrat with a human face, he said in a condolence message.