CM urged to intervene on Anglo-Kuki War row

R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 12th Oct: Ukhrul Autonomous District Council (UADC) has appealed to CM N Biren Singh for urgent intervention in the contentious matter surrounding erection of Anglo-Kuki War memorial stone whose commemoration is scheduled for October 17.
In a memorandum submitted to the chief minister Saturday, members of UADC stated that they made the appeal on behalf of the public of Ukhrul district for the state government to intervene in the matter for peaceful existence and communal harmony in the state.
Stating that inscription of the words ‘in defence of our ancestral land and, freedom’ in the memorial stone by the organisers is historically wrong, the memorandum decried that the memorial stone should not carry concocted inscription.
"The conflict between the Kukis and the Nagas in the early 1990‘s is still fresh in the minds of the people. We do not want such situation to repeat in Manipur," the statement warned.
"If such an event is encouraged, we cannot control the emotions and sentiments of the public. Thus, the event needs to be discouraged immediately," it said, adding that such moves are likely to invite serious backlash.
The memorandum further cautioned that if the event is not stopped in time, it could even disturb the upcoming state level Shirui Lily Festival and Ukhrul Sub-dlvision centenary celebration which are scheduled to be held from October 16-19 in Ukhrul district.


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