Armed rebel group Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) today celebrates its 3rd Raising day. In a press statement, the outfit said that the day is celebrated at its General head Quarters and mobile battalions.
According to the press statement issued by one Thomas Numai, Assistant Publicity Secretary, MNPF, Chairman of the organisation Francis paid tribute to the martyrs who had laid down their lives during the freedom struggle at its General Head Quarter. Talking to the cadres the Chairman also thanks the almighty for leading the party up to this stage.
Speaking during the occasion, Francis said that both hills and plain people have been safeguarding the land since time immemorial. He said during the Meitei Lai Haraoba rituals the festival is not complete without the presence of the Tankhul saba. He also added that the brotherhood showed during the Mera Hou Chongba festival and the compulsion of Tangkhul traditional clothes during the marriage ceremony of the meitei community is a clear example of how the hills and plain people live together from time immemorial.
The Chairman also recalled the history saying that in 1862 when the Burmese occupied the Manipur kingdom it was both the Hill and plain people who fought the Burmese and ultimately drive them away. In 1891, Chirai Thangal was hang by the then British for waging war against them and the Kuki rebellion of 1917 and the Jadonang and Rani Gaidinlui freedom struggle all fought for the freedom of Manipur, Francis added
Regarding the signing of agreement between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India Francis said that the signing of the agreement is not in the interest of the Nagas but is for the interest of NSCN-IM only.