State observes 19th Dark Day
IMPHAL, 27th April: Commemorating the day when Manipur lost its freedom to the British colonial force on April 27, 1891, International Peace and Social Advancement (IPSA) observed the 19th Dark Day (Amamba Numit) at GM Hall, Thursday. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly Y Khemchand pointed out that consequent to then independent Manipur sufering defeat in the battle of Khongjom, the Union Jack was unfurled at Kangla on April 27, 1891.This day is being observed as Dark Day by IPSA.
He said people have an important role to play in shaping the course of the society through their leaders who could be either social workers or political activists. If at all a society is to be developed and peace brought about, the sentiments of the people need to be acknowledged. Delivering the key note address, IPSA secretary general Kh Athouba recalled that the British captured Kangla Fort and unfurled the Union Jack on April 27, 1891 at 7am.
He said the British soldiers marched towards Kangla from all sides including Dimapur, Thibomei (Kohima), Tongjei Maril and Tamu. The Manipuri forefathers fought the mighty Britishers bravely and sacrificed their lives for the sake of their motherland. He said the day is also observed at Thoubal, Bishnupur, and different schools in and around Imphal.
During the observance, people offered floral tributes to all those Manipuri soldiers who laid down their lives fighting against the British during the 1891 Anglo-Manipur War.