Imphal, August 13: The 126th Patriots Day was observed today across the state of Manipur remembering the heroes and their sacrifices made during the Anglo- Manipur war of 1891. Befitting tributes were paid to the memorial sites of Bir Tikendrajit and Thangal General at Hicham Yaicham Pat, Moirangkhom and Thangal General Temple, Palace Compound. Chief Minister of Manipur, N Biren Singh, Senior Congress leader Gaikhangam, Ministers, MLAs and other top government officials jointly paid floral tribute to the patriots of Manipur. As part of the observance, a contingent of 1st Manipur Rifles paid gun salute to the departed heroes of Manipur at Hicham Yaicham Pat. Bharatiya Janata Party, Manipur Pradesh also observed the day at its state head office and other district and mandal offices across the state. The observance function held at BJP state office was attended by Thokchom Satyabrata Singh, MLA of Yaiskul A/C; Th Chaoba, Former President of BJP, Manipur Pradesh and Adim Panmei, Vice President of Pradesh BJP as presidium members. During the celebration, the dignitaries and members of BJP, Manipur Pradesh along with officials of the different morchas of the state BJP have also paid floral tribute to the patriots. Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) also marked the day at its BT Road today with leader of the opposition in the Manipur Legislative Assembly, Okram Ibobi Singh, RK Imo Singh, MLA of Sagolband A/C and General Secretary (Admin) of MPCC and other leaders of the state Congress. On the occasion of 126th Patriots’ Day, Karyakartas of BJP Patsoi Mandal has vowed to follow the path of patriots, who have sacrificed their lives to protect sovereignty of Manipur from the hands of colonial British during the Anglo-Manipur war of 1891. Observing the day at the office premise of the Mandal, Karyakartas paid floral tribute to the photographs of Bir Tikendrajit and Thangal General, who were hanged to death on August 13, 1891, on the charge of waging war against the British. While addressing the gathering at the observance, Vistarak of BJP, Patsoi Mandal, Wahengbam Rorrkychand recalled the sacrifices made by martyrs and their courage to stand against those who challenge the freedom, integration and sovereignty of the nation. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Manipur Pranta has also observed the Patriots Day today morning at Lainingthou Esing Chaiba Sanglen, Nagamapal with A Brajakumar Sharma, Pranta Sangh Chalak and N Joykumar Singh, Former HOD, History Department of Manipur University as President and Chief Guest respectively. The Patriots’ Day was also observed outside the state today at different places including a celebration at National Capital with Letpao Haokip, IFCD Minister, Government of Manipur as Chief Guest at Bir Tikendrajit Bhavan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. While, Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, Yumnam Khemchand Singh also attended a 13 August celebration held today at Hojai, Assam. District Administration At Kangpokpi has also observed the day at the district headquarters today.
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