Naga peace talks won’t affect integrity of Manipur: CM

IMPHAL, 13th Aug: Chief minister N Biren Singh has reiterated that the Naga peace talks won’t affect the integrity of the state. He reminded that the centre had assured that the opinions of the people of Manipur will be heard before inking the final agreement between Government of India and NSCN (IM).
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of observing Patriots' Day held in memory of those heroes who sacrificed their lives in the Anglo-Manipuri War, 1891 on Thursday, chief minister Biren said that this day reminds us of the supreme sacrifices made by our forefathers for safeguarding the freedom and sovereignty of our motherland and this sense of patriotism should not be forgotten by the present generation.
Chief minister N Biren led others in paying floral tributes at Hicham Yaichampat, Yaiskul, where Bir Tikendrajit was cremated, Thangal General Temple Complex, Palace Compound, Kangla Uttra and Bir Tikendrajit Park. A contingent of Manipur Rifles sounded the last post and offered gun salutes to the martyrs.
The programme was also attended by deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh, cabinet ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP, top civil and police officials and others.
The observance began with ‘Prabhat Pheri’ (early morning procession) commencing from DIPR Office, Keishampat at 4 am. Patriotic songs were played imbibing the sense of patriotism and martyrdom at various locations of Imphal East and Imphal West districts.
On the occasion of Patriots’ Day 2020, the Government of Manipur announced a list of police personnel and officers who would be awarded with the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry and Manipur Chief Minister for outstanding Devotion to Duty.
The Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry will be awarded to SI Chongtham Dippe of Imphal West, jemadar M Priyobrata Khuman of CID, jemadar Chingtham Dhaneshwor Singh of 8th MR, jemadar L Thangminlen Khongsai of 3rd IRB, HC Thokchom Sunil Singh of 8th MR, jemadar Md Zakariya of 4th IRB, SI Bheishamayum Debson Singh of CDO (Imphal East), ASI Kh Bonney of CDO, Imphal West, havildar A Sashikanta Singh of 2nd IRB, ASI Lamabam Rajesh Khuman of Imphal West, SI Syed Ershad Ali of Tengnoupal, ASI Moiranthem Kajao Meetei of Imphal East and havildar Th Gyanizail Singh of 1st MR. The Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Outstanding Devotion to Duty will be awarded to inspector Kh Pathou Meetei of Imphal East, SI Yendrenbam Jayentakumar Singh Imphal West, SI W Ibomcha Singh of Bishnupur, SI Kh Bobocha Singh of Imphal East, havildar Ch Samson of 6th IRB, havildar Ningthoujam Kiranjit Singh of 1st MR and SI Md Tarique Ali of Imphal West.
CHANDEL: The district administration Chandel commemorated the Patriots’ Day at the district headquarters on Thursday. Floral tributes were paid to the martyrs by the deputy commissioner Chandel Krishna Kumar, SP Chandel N Modhunimai and other officials of the district.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the function was organised in a simple and smaller scale.
BISHNUPUR: The district administration of Bishnupur observed the 129th Patriots’ Day at the conference hall, Mini-Secretariat campus, Bishnupur on Thursday.
Oinam MLA L Radhakeshore, DC Bishnupur Neeta Arambam, SP Bishnupur Priyadhashini Laishram and district level officers attended the solemn function.
Floral tributes were offered to the sons of Manipur who made supreme sacrifice while fighting against the mighty British empire for the cause of motherland.
THOUBAL: The district administration of Thoubal observed the 129th Patriots’ Day at Conference Hall, of DC, Thoubal.
Adhering to the SOP for containing COVID-19 Pandemic, deputy commissioner Thoubal N Bandana Devi and other officials paid floral tribute to the sons of Manipur who made selfless sacrifice for the cause of the motherland.
JIRIBAM: Patriot's Day was also observed in Jiribam district with Pari Puri Athouba Ningshing Lup in collaboration with Jiri Meira Paibi Apunba Lup (JIMPAL), Jiri Development Organisation (JDO), AMSU District Committee Jiribam and CADA Jiribam organising an observance function at Martyr's Memorial, Ningsing village on Thursday.
The observance was marked by presentation of patriotic songs and offering of floral tributes to statues of martyrs.
Meanwhile, various CSOs of the state observed Patriots' Day at different parts of the state.
Khundrakpam Kendra Youths Organisation (KHUKYO) observed Patriots' Day at its premises at Yumnam Khunou while following the SOPs for Covid-19 on Thursday.
According to a release, KHUKYO president L Sanjit said that looking at the present situation in Manipur, it is doubtful that the soul of the patriots would be happy with just offering of floral tributes to them. So, it is time to bring about a change and make a new resolution for the development of the state.
It is also time to start discussions on whether after merging with India in 1949, people of Manipur are really enjoying freedom or is it just for namesake only. The decision of the state government to bar academicians from speaking or discussing anything against the government clearly shows that people of the state are living under a repressive regime and is condemnable. Apprehensions are also there that the fourth pillar of democracy i.e., media, has also been silenced in the state, the release said.
United Meitei Pangal Organisation (UMPO) Manipur also observed and extended its greeting to the people of the state on the occasion of Patriots' Day 2020, while asserting that the people of Manipur will never compromise on the territorial integrity of the state, a release by UMPO has stated.
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Manipur State Unit also remembered the fallen heroes of Manipur during the observance of Patriots' Day on Thursday.

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