ANSAM to observe Martyrs’ Day
NEWMAI NEWS NETWORK
SENAPATI, 5th May: All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) will be joining the Naga people in honouring Neli Chakho and Dikho Loshou, both of whom were shot dead at Mao Gate on May 6, 2010.
The Naga people under the aegis of the United Naga Council (UNC) have been observing Martyrs’ Day on May 6 every year since 2010 at Martyr Park, Mao-Gate, Senapati district.
According to a statement of ANSAM, both Loshou and Chakho “gave their all to defend our land, history and identity”, while adding, “We are all born to die, but both of them boldly chose to die as martyrs on May 6, 2010”.
The student body recalled that on May 2, 2010 a curfew was imposed at Mao Gate following the state cabinet decision to ban the travel of Th Muivah, the ‘Ato Kilonser’ (Prime Minister) of GPRN, to his native village of Somdal in Ukhrul district.
On May 4 and 5 the same year, the Mao Women Welfare Association under the aegis of Naga Women’s Union (NWU) organised a “peaceful” sit-in protest at Mao Gate against the cabinet decision.
“Thereafter on May 6, the people took out a peaceful procession along the erstwhile National Highway 39 and now NH-2, to protest against the savage acts of the IRB and police commandos”, the statement conveyed.
“During the procession, the state forces started firing tear gas shells and hurled stick bombs on unarmed civilians. On seeing the brutality meted out to the women, Dikho Loshuo, Neli Chakho and other youths confronted the police. In the process, the two youths were shot dead by IRB and commandos, while over a hundred women were injured”, it recounted.
The “horror” of May 6, 2010 at Mao Gate epitomised the “martyrdom” of Loshou and Chakho, ANSAM contended and added “We pay our homage to them and salute their acts of valour. Their stories will live on in the hearts and minds of the Naga people”. In memory of “Naga martyrs”, ANSAM has marked the June 19, as ‘ANSAM Remembrance Day’ and in their honour, “we dedicate ‘ANSAM Memorial Park’ at Kapaam village, (Komlathabi), Chandel district”, the statement conveyed.