Biren calls for peaceful coexistence

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh made a clarion call for all communities for peaceful co-existence, cooperation and unity and said, “Manipur’s beauty is in our diversity”.

The chief minister was addressing a gathering at the observance of 1st Death Anniversary of late Athuan Abonmai at Tarung village, Langol, on Thursday.

He expressed his firm belief and further assured that justice will be delivered in Abonmai’s case and added that the case is under investigation by the National Investigation Agency and much detail cannot be divulged at the moment.

The chief minister said he strongly condemn the incident and that he will not tolerate violence.

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Regarding construction of a memorial park in Abonmai’s name, he said the government will do the needful though it might take some time.

Identifying the late Abonmai to be a vocal leader who believes in the unity of Manipur and welfare of the Zeliangrong people, Biren said Abonmai was like family to him.

He said he shares the grief and sorrow of the family, the people and also expressed gratitude to the JAC for looking after and supporting the bereaved family during their time of sorrow.

“This is not the time for war,” he said and called on everyone to shun violence. “Violence and infightings amongst us have never brought development in our society,” he said, reminding the people of past infightings among different communities. “Let us respect each other and co-exist as one.”

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Hill Areas Committee chairman Dinganglung Gangmei said taking the path of violence and hate because of differences in views or opinions will not bring progress to our society and nation.

In a matured democracy like India, where the concept of unity in diversity exists, there is no place for politics of hate and violence, he said.

He further sought cooperation and support of the people to the state in honour of Late Athuan Abonmai. Let us co-exist with communal harmony without disturbing the identity of other communities, he said.

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The chairman condemned every form of violence and added that no one has the right to take the law into their own hands.

The observance was attended by minister L. Susindro Meitei, leaders of various civil society organisations, among others.

The chief minister led the others in offering floral tribute to Athuan Abonmai. Family members also showed gratitude and performed a special song.

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