Pothashang News Srvice: Imphal, June 18, 2018 : People in Thousands today paid floral tribute to the 18 sons of the soil who sacrificed their lives during a mass agitation in June 2001 and held a public gathering to safeguard the territorial and emotional integrity of Manipur.
Eighteen agitators were killed when police reacted on protestors who went on burning the state Assembly building, chief minister’s office building and some of the government office buildings.
People from all sections of the society took part on the Great June Uprising day held at Kekrupat, a memorial complex where the bodies of the martyrs were cremated.
The tribute began with a traditional salute by a Thang-ta group. Families and relatives of the deceased June agitators came at the memorial site to pay floral tribute.
“Today is a very significant day for the people of Manipur that mark the people unity against divisive policy of the government of India to disintegrate Manipur as witnessed on this day in 2001,” said Sunil Karam, chairman, organising committee of the unity day.
“The solution to appease a community should not hurt the sentiments of other communities or states,” he added.
Ph. Devan, vice-chairman of the organising committee said, “People of Manipur today recall the day when people rose up against the ceasefire agreement between the government of India and the NSCN (I-M) that quoted ‘without territorial limit’ which extended the ceasefire from Nagaland upto Manipur.”
While people are having strong apprehension of threat to the state’s integrity the Prime Minister, Home Minister and interlocutor R.N. Ravi talk differently on the possible outcome of the peace talk. Centre should be very careful on this and stop playing with the sentiments of the Manipur people,” added Devan.
Most of the business establishment here shut down during the unity day programme.
A blood donation camp was also organised at the Kekrupat observation centre.