Imphal April 22,
The Battalions of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR(South) celebrated Easter Sunday with locals at various parts of the Imphal Valley on 21 April.
As part of the celebrations of Easter by Keithelmanbi Battalion, Regimental Medical Officer paid a visit to the EMA foundation located at Keithelmanbi and celebrated the day with the children of the orphanage. She cut the cake with the children and distributed Easter gifts and cakes to them. The Andro Company Operating Base (COB) celebrated the day at the village church where prayers were offered. Lilong COB also organised the Easter Sunday at Waithou Chiru where over 250 locals attended the event.
Mantripukhri Battalion organised an Easter Sunday mass at Lamlai Khunao village Baptist Church. The community service was organised by Yangpokpi COB and witnessed an attendance of over 150 locals of the area. As part of the event, prayers were offered and locals were served with tea and refreshments.
Various COBs of Thoubal Battalion also celebrated the Easter Sunday at various places of its area of responsibility. Upper Khoripok COB celebrated the day at Lungthoram Baptist Chruch of Lungthoram village whereas Yairipok COB celebrated the day at the Sacred Heart Church, Yairipok. Over 200 locals including the Village Chief, Pastor, village authorities, ladies and children participated in the celebrations.
Tulihal Battalion celebrated Easter with locals at Baptist Church, Changangei and Sneha Bhavan Orphanage at Sangaiprou. The troops of Tulihal Battalion joined the locals at Baptist Church, Changangei during special church services to celebrate Easter. Cake, sweets and warm greetings were exchanged. Over 150 locals including children attended the celebrations. As part of Easter greetings, cakes and gifts were presented to children of Sneha Bhavan to bring happy smiles on their faces.
The endeavor by the Assam Rifles to reach out to the villagers to further reinforce the existing cultural bonding with the local populace and extend warm wishes on the eve of the most fondly celebrated festival of the Christian community was appreciated by all. The locals expressed profound gratitude and promised their contribution on the auspicious day to work hand in hand with the Assam Rifles for maintaining peace and harmony in the region.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.