Proscribed group PREPAK is all set to observe martyrs’ day (Athoubasingi Ningshing Numit) on November 12 as in the preceding years. The outfit appealed to all the people of the land to join the martyrs’ day observance and pay befitting homage to the revolutionaries who have laid down their lives in the course of the movement.
A press release issued by the outfit’s assistant secretary, publicity and propaganda Leibakngakpa Luwang further appealed to all the people to refrain from holding/participating in any entertainment programmes on November 12 .
Recalling the genesis of martyrs’ day, Leibakngakpa said that PREPAK’s Ayekpam Dhiren alias Angam of Sagolband Tera Loukrakpam Leikai, Phurailatpam Kabikanta alias Leimu alias Leingam Sharma and PLA’s Pukhrambam Gambhir of Singjamei Makha Naorem Leikai achieved martyrdom after fighting a fierce battle with a combined force of CRPF and Manipur Police, the latter led by SI Sunil Sharma and ASI Naorem Shyamjai on November 12, 1978 at Leimarok, Kameng. In remembrance of this heroic battle, PREPAK has been observing November 12 as martyrs’ day every year.
Later in 1985 on the same date and month, the outfit’s founder RK Tullachandra fell to a bullet fired by one MR personnel in frenzy after the 7th MR post opened at Kabo-wakching sugar mill was overrun by PREPAK cadres who made a daring attack to confiscate weapons from the MR personnel. In remembrance of the twin incidents of Kameng and Kabowakching, PREPAK and its Red Army have been observing November 12 as martyrs’ day in honour of all the revolutionaries who have laid down their lives in the course of the liberation movement.
The outfit appealed to all the people of the state to shun all kind of entertainment programme.