Itanagar: Nabam Runghi, often referred to as the 'architect of Itanagar', the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, passed away on Sunday following a prolonged illness, as per reports.
He was 84 and is survived by four wives and several children. As per reports, Runghi's last rites would be performed on Tuesday.
Runghi was the first agency council member of the then North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) which later became Arunachal Pradesh.
As per reports, Runghi was the man who convinced the then governor of Assam, B K Nehru, to make Itanagar as the capital. Nehru was governor between 1968 and 1970.
It is said that Runghi carried bricks collected from the Ita Fort, a 500-year-old fort in Itanagar, to the then Assam capital Shillong to prove that Itanagar is a major historical place and worthy to be made capital.