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Manipur pays homage to 1891war heroes
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 13:
Published on 13 Aug. 2009 11:24 PM IST
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Manipur on Thursday paid homage to the “great heroes” of Anglo-Manipur War of 1891 on the occasion of Patriots Day. Dignitaries paid floral tributes at the Saheed Minar which marked the state level function held at BT Park. The state level function which state governor, Gurbachan Jagat and chief minister, O Ibobi Singh attended was conducted with tight security. Even though it was a public function person without invitation cards were not allowed to take part in the function. Manipur observes August 13 every year as Patriots Day to remember the heroes of Anglo-Manipur war of 1891, the last war of independence fought between the warriors of then princely state of Manipur and the British soldiers. Prince Tikendrajit and Thangal General were hanged at Pheijaleitong now known as BT Park where Sahid Minar was erected by the British on the charge of waging war against the British Emperor. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Governor Gurbachan Jagat called the people of the state to rededicate to the task of building a strong and prosperous nation in the true spirit of patriotism and selfless service. “When we pay sincere homage and gratitude to the great martyrs of Manipur and India, we should also resolve to stand together, shoulder to shoulder, and face all threats, internal and external, however strong they may be, for the unity and integrity of our country,” he said. Jagat also appealed to the people of the state to be responsible and work hard for bringing development in all fields in the state, realizing that Manipur was lagging behind the other states. Chief minister, O Ibobi speaking as president of the function recounted the supreme sacrifice made by both known and unknown heroes and appealed the youths to follow the same suit and strengthen the unity and integrity of the state. Apart from state level function, government also organized district level functions to mark the occasion. Many civil organizations and schools also observed the day. Meanwhile, protestors attempting to disturb a government function of statue unveiling of Thangal General-hero of Anglo-Manipur war of 1891 attended by chief minister, O Ibobi Singh on Thursday was foiled by police on duty at the function. Police have detained 14 of them. Around 30 women protestors of the Apunba Lup and JAC formed in connection with killing of Ch Sanjit in fake encounter on July 23 last with slogans “resign chief minister Ibobi” rushed to the place of function while the chief minister was unveiling the statue Thursday morning at about 9.30. They were blocked by the police around 100 feet before reaching the function site. Police also picked up 14 of them. Six of the protestors were from Apunba Lup while the rest eight were from JAC. A woman leader speaking to reporters covering the rally said, they will continue the agitations till the demand put forward to the Governor demanding action against the chief minister and police personnel are taken into consideration.

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