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Anti-Terrorism Day Observed

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Manipur CM appeals to eradicate dreaded terrorism

The State-level observation of ‘Anti-Terrorism Day’  was held at the Banquet Hall of 1st Manipur Rifles today with Chief Minister Shri O. Ibobi Singh as Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minsiter said that “Let us all join hands together to eradicate the dreaded Terrorism. Only then peace, social harmony, and understanding among all fellow human beings would prevail in the State of Manipur”.
The ‘Anti-Terrorism Day’ (Day Against Terrorism) was observed  in commemoration of the death anniversary of the then Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi who was killed in a bomb blast attack on May 21, 1991  at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. Today is the 25th death anniversary of Shri Rajiv Gandhi, the former PM of India. However, terrorist related activities happens day by day all over India.
Chief Minister said, “Terrorism has an immense impact in law and order situation and obstacles in the developmental activities of Manipur. To tackle terrorism, state govt. has try it best by spending huge amount of money and strengthen the Police force.  Therefore, the time has come to fight terrorism so, we must opposed with our strength all forms of terrorism and violence”.
The Chief Minister further said that observing such a day that upholds the idea of standing against terrorism is very appropriate in the present context of Manipur. He urged Civil Society Organisation, NGOs and every person of the society to fight against terrorism and violence at their individual levels also and not to hand over the task to Government alone. The CM appealed the parents and guardians of today’s youngster, to guide them in a proper way and in the right directions since they are the assets of the future generation. If the parents guide their youths in a right direction, and fight the forces of disruption threatening human lives and values, it would helps in eradicating terrorism from the State.
Attending the observation as the President, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Gaikhangam said that in the modern civilization, terrorism is the biggest threat and any problems could be solved only through negotiation. He recounted various achievements of former Prime Minister Shri  Rajiv Gandhi by mentioning the signing of the historic Punjab Accord in 1985 and Mizoram Accord of 1986, which were milestone events in bringing internal peace to the country. Gaikhangam added that it was during Rajiv’s time that the voting age of citizens was brought down from 21 year to 18 year. He appealed all to follow the footsteps of the peace initiatives taken up by Rajiv Gandhi.
Council of Ministers, HAC Chairman, MLAs, Parliamentary Secretaries, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and other top civil and police officials  attended the function.  All those present at the function took a pledge to stand against terrorism.

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