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Naga talks won’t affect Mnp’s interest: Biren

Naga talks won’t affect Mnp’s interest: Biren
Manipur CM N Biren Singh paying floral tributes to war heroes of Last War of Manipur’s independence on Partiots’ Day in Imphal on Thursday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 13 | Publish Date: 8/13/2020 1:12:01 PM IST

Manipur’s territorial integrity will not be affected in any way because of the Indo-Naga peace talks, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said on Thursday.

“Manipur will not be disintegrated and will not be able disintegrate by any force so long as we remain united.There were assurances from the Centre that stakeholders of Manipur will be consulted if any agenda affecting interest of Manipur is included in the peace talks.”

On the issue of territorial integrity of Manipur, Singh who spoke to the media on the sideline of observance of Patriots’ Day said, “There is no need for panic about the territorial integrity of Manipur. The Centre had assured that the opinions of the people of Manipur will be heard before inking the final agreement between Government of India and NSCN (IM).The Naga peace talks won’t affect the integrity of the state. ” 

He reminded  the latest assurance given by Central leaders including Union home minister Amit Shah during a talk with state leaders, including him,  and CSO leaders.

Manipur on Thursday observed Patriots’ Day in memory of heroes who sacrificed their lives in the Anglo-Manipur War, 1891, the last war of Manipur’s independence.  

On the occasion, the chief minister led in paying floral tributes at Hicham Yaichampat, Moirangkhom, where Bir Tikendrajit was cremated, Thangal General Temple Complex, Palace Compound, Kangla Uttra and Bir Tikendrajit Park. 

A contingent of Manipur Rifles sounded the last post and offered gun salutes to the martyrs.

State deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh, cabinet ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP, top civil and police officials and others attended the observance held strictly adhering to the COVID-19 protocols.

Singh said, “This day reminds us of the supreme sacrifice made by our forefathers for freedom and sovereignty of our motherland and this sense of patriotism should not be forgotten by the present generation.”

On the occasion, the Manipur government also announced a list of 20 personnel and officers of the state police department who will be awarded the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry and Manipur Chief Minister for Outstanding Devotion to Duty.

The list includes 13 personnel of different ranks who will be awarded the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for gallantry and seven for ‘Manipur Chief Minister for outstanding Devotion to Duty.’

Manipur has been  August 13 every year as Patriot Day in remembrance of heroes of Anglo-Manipur war of 1891, the last war of independence fought between the warriors of the then kingdom of Manipur and the invading  mighty British soldiers.

Apart from state level function, the government also organized district level functions at district levels to mark the occasion. 

Many civil organizations and schools observed the day by paying floral tributes to known and unknown patriots who sacrificed their lives in safeguarding the freedom of the then kingdom.

The functions were however held on a low scale while adhering to COVID-19 protocols enforced in the state amidst increasing COVID cases.

Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, who also spoke on the occasion stated, “The day also reminds us that we only succeed when we work together as starkly evident from British ‘divide and rule’ which they used effectively for their benefit.” 

She called upon people to pledge to stand as one against all challenges to freedom and integrity of our country and rising above caste, creed or religion.


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