Imphal: Manipur will pay rich tributes to the brave sons of Manipur tomorrow on the occasion of Khongjom Day which is held every year on April 23 at Khongjom War Memorial Complex, Khebaching, Thoubal district.
The day is observed in remembrance to honour the gallant Manipuri warriors including Major Paona Brajabashi who made supreme sacrifice fighting against the British to protect the freedom of Manipur in the battle of Khongjom during the 1891 Anglo-Manipuri war.
The governor of Manipur La. Ganeshan and the chief minister N. Biren Singh will attend the observance function as the chief guest and the president respectively.
They will lead the public in laying of floral wreaths at Khongjom War Memorial. This will be followed by a guard of honour, general salute, reverse arms, sounding of last post, two minutes silence, slope arms and order arms by a contingent of Manipur Rifles. There will also be wreaths laying ceremony at the statue of Paona Brajabasi followed by a gun salute at the statue. This will be followed by offering of Tarpon at Khongjom river and paying homage to the Sankirtan. Khongjom Lal (Khongjom War) will also be staged by art and culture department on the occasion.
The district administration Thoubal is taking up all necessary measures for a successful observation. The district administration, concern departments’, officials and staffs of various departments of SP Thoubal; SDO Thoubal; EE (PWD); EE (WR); EE (PHED); AE (MI); Forest department; Thoubal and Wangjing Lamding Municipal Council; Thoubal Fire service, NYK volunteers’ among others have been preparing in coordination for smooth conduct of the function. This year the district administration is expecting large number of public attendance as the observation was restricted for the last two years due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
The state government has arranged for free bus service to transport government employees, public and devotees from Imphal to Khebaching and back in connection with the observance. One bus each will be stationed at Manipur Public School, Koirengei; Lamboikhongnangkhong Ground and DC Office Porompat which will depart at 6.30 am.
Four buses will be stationed at MST Complex, Moirangkhom which is scheduled to depart at 6 am, 6.30 am, 7 am and 7.30 am respectively, a DIPR report said.