Imphal: Expressing his deepest shock to the unfortunate incidents leading to the loss of many valuable lives Manipur in the past three months, chief minister N.Biren Singh said, violence will not bring any solution and therefore all should stop violence.
Biren said this in presence of governor Anusuiya Uikey during Patriots’ Day observation at Imphal.
“In-fighting amongst the communities will not solve any issue and all issues can be resolved through constitutional means.” It is in this direction that state government is working and under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home minister Amit Shah, state government is tirelessly working to solve the ongoing crisis, the chief minister said.
He appealed to the people to co-operate the government in bringing peace and tranquility in the State of Manipur.
The Patriots’ Day was observed in different parts of the state by various sections paying homage to patriots who fought against the British
On this day, August 13, 1891, Bir Tikendrajit and General Thangal were hanged publicly at Feida Pung, here by the British for waging war against the empire. The day is considered as a red-letter day in the history of Manipur and is annually observed as “Patriots’ Day”. On the same day, Niranjan Subedar, Pukhrambam Kajao and Chirai Naga were hanged to death inside the Manipur jail. The British deported Maharaj Kulachandra and 21 others to Kalapani, the present-day Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The govenor and the chief minister led the people to pay floral tribute/ laying of wreath to the Samadhi at Kangla Uttra and Shaheed Minar at Bir Tikendrajit Park in Imphal in the evening. Governor also led the people to pay floral tribute at the memorial stone of exiled Martyrs of 1981 War heroes.
Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, security advisor, DGP and officers and officials also paid tributes to the martyrs.
Anusuiya said, this day reminds of the heroic deeds of the Manipuris on the fronts of the Anglo-Manipuri war of 1891, which showed the world that the Manipuris were brave enough to challenge the mighty British Empire, make sacrifices and show indomitable courage to defend their motherland.
“We got freedom because of the tireless efforts and sacrifices of our forefathers. This day is an opportunity for us to make aware our future generations the sacrifice, penance and sacrifices of our forefathers,”
Expressing concern about the unrest in Manipur, she said the state is passing through a period of unrest and violent incidents arising out of the ethnic conflict for the last three months. She said, the spirit of mutual brotherhood and co-operation has decreased, human values have faded, which need to be restored.
The governor appealed to all the citizens to give up violence and hatred among themselves and create an atmosphere of love and mutual understanding and brotherhood so that peace and tranquility can be restored in Manipur.
Biren said this day reminds the people the courage, dedication, determination and sacrificial spirit of the leaders in defending the sovereignty of Manipur despite having known that they were fighting against the mighty Britishers.
Earlier, in the day, the chief inister led the people to pay tribute to the departed leaders at Hicham Yaicham Pat and Samadhi of Thangal General at Konung Mamang in Imphal.