Imphal, Sept 22:
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh made a clarion call for all communities for peaceful co-existence, cooperation and unity and said Manipur’s beauty is in our diversity.
The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering at the observance of 1st Death Anniversary of (L) Athuan Abonmai at Tarung Village, Langol, today.
N. Biren Singh expressed his firm belief and further assured that justice will be delivered in Abonmai’s case and added that the case is under investigation by the National Investigation Agency and much detail cannot be divulged at the moment.
The Chief Minister also said that he strongly condemned the incident and that he will not tolerate violence.
Regarding construction of a memorial park in Abonmai’s name, N. Biren Singh said the government will do the needful though it might take some time.
Identifying the late Abonmai to be a vocal leader who believes in the unity of Manipur and welfare of the Zeliangrong people, the Chief Minister said Abonmai was like family to him.
N. Biren Singh said he shares the grief and sorrow of the family, the people and also expressed gratitude to the JAC for looking after and supporting the bereaved family during their time of sorrow.
Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister said “This is not the time for war,” and further called on everyone to shun violence. Violence and infightings amongst us have never brought development in our society, the Chief said, reminding the people of past infightings among different communities.
He said let us respect each other and co-exist as one.
Hill Areas Committee Chairman Dinganglung Gangmei said taking the path of violence and hate because of differences in views or opinions will not bring progress to our society and nation.
In a matured democracy like India, where the concept of unity in diversity exists, there is no place for politics of hate and violence, he said.
He further sought cooperation and support of the people to the State in honour of Late Athuan Abonmai. Let us co-exist with communal harmony without disturbing the identity of other communities, he said.
The HAC chairman condemned every form of violence and added that no one has the right to take the law into their own hands.
The observance was attended by Minister L. Susindro Meitei, leaders of various civil society organizations, among others.
As part of the observation, the Chief Minister also led the others in offering floral tribute to (L) Athuan Abonmai. Family members also made small speeches of gratitude and performed a special song.