‘Naga peace talks won’t affect Manipur’s integrity’

Imphal: “Naga peace talks won’t affect Manipur’s integrity, ” Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said at the observation of Patriots’ Day in Imphal.

Biren said 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 (I-M).

The Patriots’ Day was observed in memory of the heroes who sacrificed their lives in the Anglo-Manipur War, 1891.

Biren Singh led floral tributes at Hicham Yaichampat, Moirangkhom, where Bir Tikendrajit was cremated, Thangal General Temple Complex, Palace Compund, Kangla Uttra and Bir Tikendrajit Park.

A contingent of Manipur Rifles sounded the last post and offered gun salutes to the martyrs.

Deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh, Cabinet ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP, top civil and police officials and others attended the function.

“This day reminds us of the supreme sacrifice made by our forefathers for freedom and sovereignty of our motherland and this sense of patriotism should not be forgotten by the present generation, Biren said.

The observance began with ‘Prabhat Phery’ commencing from DIPR Office, Keishampat at 4:00 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 will be given awards by 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 Chongtham Dippe, SI of Imphal West, M. Priyobrata Khuman, Jemadar of CID, Chingtham Dhaneshwor Singh, Jemadar of 8th MR, Thokchom Sunil Singh, HC of 8th MR, Md. Zakariya, Jemadar of 4th IRB, Bheishamayum Debson Singh, SI of CDO, Imphal East, Kh. Bonney, ASI of CDO, Imphal West, A. Sashikanta Singh, Havildar of 2nd IRB, Lamabam Rajesh Khuman, ASI of Imphal West, Syed Ershad Ali, SI of Tengnoupal, Moiranthem Kajao Meetei, ASI of Imphal East, Th. Gyanizail Singh, Havildar of 1st MR and L. Thangminlen Khongsai, Jemadar of 3rd IRB.

The Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Outstanding Devotion to Duty will be awarded to Kh. Pathou Meetei, Inspector of Imphal East, Yendrebam Jayentakumar Singh, SI of Imphal West, W. Ibomcha Singh, SI of Bishnupur, Kh. Bobocha Singh, SI of Imphal East, Ch. Samson, Havildar of 6th IRB, Ningthoujam Kiranjit Singh, Havildar of 1st MR and Md. Tarique Ali, SI of Imphal West.

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