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M’pur pay homage to Khongjom war heroes
Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 23:
Published on 23 Apr. 2009 11:46 PM IST
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Manipur governor Gurbachan Jagat on Thursday while participating in the observation of the 118th anniversary of Manipur’s last war of independence with the British in 1891 said that people of the violence torn north eastern region of the country and Jammu and Kashmir are yearning for peace. Manipur chief minister, O Ibobi Singh while taking part in remembering the war heroes said violence and killings are not the ultimate solution to any problem while calling the insurgents group to shun violent and come to the negotiating table. Before the commencement of the public function, governor Gurbachan Jagat, chief minister O Ibobi Singh, ministers and top officials paid floral tributes at the Khongjom memorial atop the Kheba hill, and also offered tarpan (offering of flowers on the water body) for the martyred heroes on the Khongjom river Thursday morning. A contingent of the Manipur Rifles provided guard of honor and offered a general salute for the fallen heroes which was followed by offering tarpan by the stream. Addressing at the gathering at the Khongjom War auditorium, governor Gurbachan Jagat recalled the unconquerable spirit and patriotism of the martyrs of the Anglo-Manipur war of 1891, stating that it would not only remain a part of glorious history, but was also a unique example of patriotism in world history. Coming to the present scenario, he said people of the insurgent infested north east and Jammu and Kashmir wanted to lead a peaceful life and for peace, good governance which would be brought by a stable government is a must. Freedom is a rare asset of mankind. It should not be misinterpreted in a narrow sense of separatist tendency, the Governor said stating that “any threat or challenge to the hard-won freedom of our country and the nation, has to be faced unitedly and boldly”. Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh while addressing the gathering said that his government was pressing the centre to hand over the alleged killers of three government employees, SDO kasom Khullen, Dr Kishan and his two subordinate staffs which NSCN(IM) conceded involvement of its cadres. Khongjom battle was a day-long battle between the British and Manipuri warriors led by major general Paona Brajabashi. Alongside Paona, Khumbong Major, Heirang Khongja and Chinglensana many patriotic Manipuris laid down their lives in the battle which also marked the beginning of British rule in Manipur.

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