Manipur joins observance of Anti-terrorism Day

Manipur joins observance of Anti-terrorism Day
State level Anti-Terrorism Day observance in Imphal on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 21 | Publish Date: 5/21/2019 11:48:10 AM IST

Manipur observed anti-terrorism with the rest of the country at various levels to commemorate the death anniversary of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The state level observance was held at 1st MR Banquette hall while Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee observed it in Imphal Congress Bhavan.

Interestingly, except state forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar and revenue minister Karam Shyam, no other ministers and MLAs of the ruling coalition government were seen attending the state level observance function.

State chief minister N Biren Singh was out of station. He is currently camping in New Delhi.

Addressing the function, revenue minister Karam Shyam said that the observation was being organized to spread awareness about the violence caused by the terrorists, effects of terrorism, and to spread the message of global peace and non-violence. He said, “We all need to stand united against terrorism and violence” while expressing concern over the increasing activities of terrorists across the globe.

State forest and environment minister, Th Shyamkumar said terrorism and violence is an obstacle in the developmental activities in the state. He added, “we must relentlessly fight to uproot terrorism from the state.”

On the occasion, revenue administered the ‘Anti-Terrorism pledge’ to oppose all forms of violence and terrorism and uphold and promote peace, social harmony, and understand among all fellow human beings.

At Imphal Congress Bhavan, the ocassion was marked by offering of floral tribute to the portrait of late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and MPCC president Gaikhangam led the Congress leaders and workers in paying the floral tribute. 

Speaking on the occasion, Ibobi recalled that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a human bomb on May 21, 1991.  And as a mark of respect, the day, that is the death anniversary of youngest prime Minister,  has been observed as Anti-Terrorism Day.  

Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest prime minister of the country when he was sworn in at the age of 40 as the sixth Prime Minister of India after his mother Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984. He served as the prime minister from 1984 to 1989.

The Anti-Terrorism Day is observed to spread the message of peace and humanity and to promote unity among the people, the former chief minister said. Congress workers also took the anti-terrorism pledge.


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