The 21st Death Anniversary of ex-Minister Moirangthem Ibotombi father of Education Minister, M Okendro was held under the aegis of Moirangthem Ibotombi Memorial Trust at the Moirangthem Ibotombi Memorial Complex, Heirok in Thoubal District today.
The anniversary was observed under the theme: “Kanglup Amasung Jatigee Khetnaba Leitaba Leingak Shanti Purakpa” which literally means bringing a harmonious governance with equal treatment to all communities.
The observance function started with thousands of people and dignitaries including Chief Minister O.Ibobi, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam; Parliamentary Secretaries; Ministers, MLAs and top officials of the Manipur Police departments offering floral tributes to the memorial complex of M Ibotombi and other religious rituals for the departed soul, A contingent of 13 Troop Heirok Hr.Sec. School NCC (Army Wing) under 14 Manipur Bn. NCC Imphal offered guard of honour to the memorable monument of former minister of Manipur M.Ibotombi besides observing a two minutes silence. Speaking on key note address, Rameshwor, Secretary Ibotombi memorial trust said that the people of Manipur are fed up with the incidents of crimes occurring in the state where a number of innocent people are being killed and murdered with no fault of theirs.
In fact, the people are longing for a developed society free from all such crimes. Recalling the incident in which ex-Minister M Ibotombi was killed by unknown armed miscreants 20 years back, “we have been remaining helpless over the incident for the last many years and have been just
paying floral tributes and praying for his soul to rest in peace. We are also yet to keep the promise of following his footsteps and completing the task left behind for the welfare of the people”
However, if the UG cadres start firing at the security forces, the security personnel have no other option but to fire back to save themselves as well as the lives of other innocent people.
Gaikhangam also appealed to all the concerned to stop killing one another and live happily and peacefully.
Minister Okendro, who is also the son of late Moirangthem Ibotombi, while speaking explained that the aim of the Moirangthem Ibotombi Memorial Trust is to spread the idea of love and oneness not just in Heirok but throughout the State and free the State from senseless killings.