Freedom fighter Charai Thangal remembered
SENAPATI, 13th Oct: Remembering the brave warrior Charai Thangal who took an important role and sacrificed his life in the 1891 Anglo-Manipuri war, Mayangkhang General and Thangal Community in association with Justice Committee on Anglo-Manipuri War, 1891 Martyrs and Freedom Fighters of Kangleipak (Manipur) observed the 128th Death Anniversary of freedom fighter and patriot Charai Thangal and paid rich floral tribute at Mayangkhang Eco-Park Community Hall here on Sunday.
The observance which was held under the theme, “Commemoration, Preservation and Protection” was attended by Thangal Union president YK Kaping, Mayangkhang General chairman YK Regent, Ningthoupham village chief BK John, Mayangkhang Area Women Welfare Association chairperson Irish and Justice Committee on Anglo-Manipuri War, 1891 Martyrs and Freedom Fighters of Kangleipak (Manipur) chairman H Ibotombi Khuman as presidium members.
A two-minute silence in remembrance of the martyrs was observed at the beginning of the programme which was followed by offering of rich floral tributes to the freedom fighters and patriots of the land.
In his keynote address, Justice Committee vice chairman Kh Chingkhei said that out of many who fought against the mighty British and sacrificed their lives for the land and its people, 12 of the freedom fighters including Charai Thangal were hanged to death but unfortunately the state recognises only Thangal General, Bir Tikendrajit and Paona Brajabashi.
Further, the Vice Chairman mentioned that the committee in collaboration with Thangal community would conduct research to gather further inputs on the family of Charai Thangal and erect a statue of the patriot at Mayangkhang area at the earliest.
Addressing the gathering, Village chief BK John assured to observe the day in a grander way in the coming years in collaboration with the Justice Committee.
During the 1880s, Thangals were known for their bravery and Charai Thangal was one among them, the chief added.
Irish, in her speech, said that the programme was organised with an aim to promote the freedom fighters of the land. History tells how princely kings of Manipur visited Mayangkhang areas in order to defend the entry of mighty British, she said.
H Ibotombi Khuman said that the committee is dedicated to the task of increasing awareness of the 1891 war and exposing cruelties and treacheries committed by the British invaders in Manipur. The committee was formed with the objective of seeking justice, to recognise and develop memorial sites for various battle fields of Anglo-Manipuri War, remember all heroes and organise commemoration day with pride and honour.