Thousands pay tribute to those who died fighting for protection of Manipur territory
UNITY DAY: Manipuris paying tribute to those killed in the June 2001 firing, at Kekrupat on Sunday. — Photo: PTI
IMPHAL : On Sunday all roads led to Kekrupat, where 18 persons were cremated in June 2001.
Thousands of people, wearing traditional dresses, paid floral tributes to those who died fighting for protection of territorial integrity of Manipur.
The United Committee Manipur (UCM) has been observing the day as the "Great June Uprising."
In the aftermath of extension of ceasefire "beyond territorial limits" between the Centre and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (I-M) in June 2001, Manipur people strongly opposed the move and in the protests, people burnt the offices of all political parties and residences of the Chief Minister and MLAs.
The Manipur Assembly had resolved several times to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur and the Central Government had time and again announced that it would not extend the ceasefire beyond Nagaland.
The All-Manipur United Clubs Organisation observed the day as the 5th Unity Day at the Gandhi Memorial Hall here.
Family members of the 18, including a woman, who died in CRPF firing, were also honoured. Leaders of various communities and social organisations attended both the functions and most speakers were unanimous in their demand that the Government should not to yield to the annexationist policy of the NSCN (I-M). The speakers said people were living happily for a long time and the NSCN (I-M) demand of seeking huge portions of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and neighbouring Myanmar had caused tension among different communities of the region.
The speakers demanded an amendment to the Constitution so as to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur. — UNI