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Hundreds pay homage to RPF/PLA martyrs
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 13
Published on 14 Apr. 2010 12:21 AM IST
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Hundreds of people paid homage to the martyrs of the militant group RPF/PLA on the occasion of the ‘Athouba Singgi Numit’ (Martyrs Day).
Amidst the heavy presence of security forces and security forces homage were paid by the people who turned up in droves at the memorials located at Cheiraoching, Kodompokpi and Kameng, Imphal from Tuesday morning.
At Cheiraoching, initially, the police allowed only the family members and relatives of eight PLA cadres slain in the Kodompokpi gunbattle of April 1982.
Police conducted strict checking of the people at the memorial site and allowed the people to pay homage following an order of the Gauhati High Court.
Police also noted down the names and particulars of the mourners. They eased up in allowing the mourners pay homage at the memorial site at about 4 pm.
They also prohibited carrying of photographs, festoon etc and as well as paying of tribute in the names of meira paibi groups, or other organisations.
Medical teams from the state medical directorate and Shija hospital were on hand at Cheiraoching to render aid to the mourners.
At the memorials at Kodompokpi and Kameng, mourners and well-wishers were largely unimpeded in paying homage.
Meanwhile, in the evening, candles were lit at the thresholds of many homes for the peace of the departed martyrs of the RPF/PLA.
It may be mentioned, nine cadres of the group were killed in an encounter with Army troops at Kodompokpi on April 13, 1982, identified as Thoudam Kunjabihari, of Kakwa Nameirakpam Leikai, Thoudam Loken alias Amujao of Kakwa Nameirakpam Leikai, Paka of Heirok, Pakhanglakpa alias Puki of Keisampat, rk khoiromba alias Gyane of Moreh, Sorokhaibam Kameshwor alias Kanta of Heibongpokpi, Khundrakpam Chaobhan of Kwakeithel Moirangpurel, Naorem Rajen of Kakwa Naorem Leikai and Moirangthem Premkumar of Tera Sapam Leikai.
The day has been observed as Martyrs` Day by the RPF/PLA every year.

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