Rishang Keishing breathed his last on August 22 at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal. He was 96. He is survived by his wife Khatingla Keishing, three sons and one daughter.
A contigent of 1st Manipur Rifles gave gun salute to the late grand old man of Manipur on the occasion which was attended by several top police officials. A two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to Rishang Keishing.
The funeral was earlier arranged at his native village Bungpa Khullen of Ukhrul district but it was reportedly barred from being held by a militant group. But Biren Singh said no such incident was officially confirmed.
Keishing represented UKhrul district's Phungyar, an assembly segment, for seven terms till 2002. He became Chief Minister of Manipur four times and had served as an MP for 22 years. The oldest Parliamentarian of the country retired from public life in 2014.
A state funeral for the former leader was held at MBC Centre Church, Chingmeirong. Former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and several party leaders joined mourners at the memorial service which was attended by his family and friends.
Former Chief Minister and opposition Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh, former Deputy CM Gaikhangam, MPCC President TN Haokip, MP Th Meinya Singh and several party leaders and workers laid wreaths to the lifeless body of Rishang Keishing on the occasion.
Rishang’s lifeless body was also brought to Adimjati Ashram where staff and stidents mourned his death and paid last respect to him.