Imphal: Mt Harriet in Andaman and Nicobar islands will be renamed as Mt Manipur in honour of Maharaja Kulchandra Singh and 22 freedom fighters who were jailed in Kala Pani.
This was announced by home minister Amit Shah as a part of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav on Saturday.
Manipur fought courageously against the British in 1891. It was the only state that had its own Constitution, Amit Shah said.
Yuvraj Tikendrajit and General Thangal were publicly hanged in Imphal. The British thought that hanging them had ended the freedom movement, which did not, he added.
Maharaja Kulchandra and the 22 freedom fighters were sent to Kala Pani and they were kept on Mount Harriet, he said.
“It is this spirit of freedom that has given us a free India and we can never forget them,” the Union home minister said stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi always works to honour those who sacrificed for the country.
Chief minister N. Biren Singh said PM and HM Amit Shah are true friends for the people of Manipur. He expressed heartfelt gratitude to the national leaders for the great honour to Manipur heroes
Biren said Amit Shah has also announced that the central government will assist Manipur in establishing a memorial site at Mt Manipur in Andaman Nicobar Island. The process for signing lease agreement between Andaman Government and Manipur Government is under process, he added.
This memorial will inspire tourists, the youth and the younger generation across the country, Amit Shah said.