Dimapur, May 15 (MExN): Maj. (Retd) Tadingpou Gangmei, the man who led AZ Phizo to then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1956 is no more. He was 86. Born on February 15, 1930, Maj. (Retd) Tadingpou joined the Naga National Council on March 2, 1956. In 1958 he was appointed Inspector Border Intelligence Officer and in 1965 promoted as Executive officer 1st Brigade. In 2006, he joined the NSCN (IM) where he was inducted as Tatar. The NSCN (IM) expressed sadness to learn of the sudden demise of Maj. (Retd) Tadingpou of Zeliad region due to stroke. “With his demise, Naga nation has lost a senior nationalist leader whose sacrifices and contributions will continue to inspire generations to come,” a condolence message from the MIP NSCN (IM) read. “In this time of sorrow, our thoughts, prayers and well wishes are with the bereaved family,” the MIP added. “May the soul of our departed leader rest in heavenly peace.” His funeral service will be held today, May 16, 10:00am, at Zeliangrong Baptist Church, Sewak Road, Dimapur.