Imphal, July 26: “Each and every one of us must face any elements threatening the sovereignty and integrity of the nation”, said Chief Minister O Ibobi speaking on the Kargil Vijay Diwas observance at 1st Manipur Rifle battalion Banquet Hall.
In his speech, the Chief Minister stated that Kargil Vijay Diwas commemorates the courage of Indian Army who had sacrificed their life and their victory over Pakistan during the Operation Vijay.
Among the martyrs who fought at the Kargil War, 7 were from Manipur. They are Lance Naik Kaleshore, Sepoy Charles Nicholas Moyon, Sepoy Beningvir Moyon, Lance Nayak Birneithang, Sepoy Zamkholal Vaipei, Sepoy Kapani Asuli and Sepoy Daikho Mao.
Their sacrifice shows the courage and dignity for being among the Indian state, he added.
“We must remember the heroic deeds of these soldiers that have left a path for us to walk on with our heads holding high. These martyrs deserve to be honoured by all,” Ibobi stated.
We all must face any elements or individuals threatening the sovereignty and integrity of our state and must not forget that we are Indians and India is our country, he added.
Taking the opportunity of today’s’ function, Chief Minister O Ibobi urged all to take a firm stand together to counter those elements threatening the sovereignty and integrity of the nation and also to safeguard its unity.
Ministers, Parliamentary Secretary, MLAs, High Ranking Police Personals and Army personals including ex-servicemen attended today’s Kargil Vijay Diwas observance.
Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed to pay homage to those Indian Army soldiers who had sacrificed their lives in the Operation Vijay of 1999.