Dr Heptulla gives sanity call at tribute event

STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 7th Mar: While leading the people in paying tributes to the mortal remains of Naik Amar Sher Singh of 13 Sikh Light Infantry at Tulihal airport on Wednesday, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla appealed all concerned to shun the path of violence.

In honour Naik Amar Sher, who was killed on March 5 morning during a counter-insurgency operation in Noney district, one minute silence was observed as dignitaries and military officers laid wreaths before the mortal remains was taken to his birth-place.

Speaking on the side-lines of the wreath laying ceremony, the Governor appealed to all insurgent groups to give peace a chance so as to enable development take roots in Manipur.

Reiterating her appeal to the insurgents to lay down arms and come forward to bring a peaceful and strong state, she also voiced strong concerned that a brave jawan who stayed awake at night so that the people can sleep has lost his life.

She stressed that ‘we should respect and support our soldiers’.

The mortal remains of Naik Amar Sher Singh was later transported to his hometown Fazilka for the last rites. It is informed that the Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) Amar Sher Singh is survived by his wife and one four years old daughter.

The shoot-out reportedly occurred around 9.50 am of March 5 and about 800 metres away from Nungadang village under Khoupum police station.

Though he was airlifted to Leimakhong military hospital on the same day, the NCO succumbed to injuries after a brief treatment.

According to sources, Amar Sher Singh was among the Sikh LI troopers that went to an isolated place in between Nungadang and Molphei village based on information about presence of armed cadres of an unknown insurgent outfit.

The wreath laying ceremony was also attended by top officers of police and central forces and civil officials.

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