Manipuri body demands punishment for those who dishonoured martyr Bir Tikendrajit

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HT Correspondent

Hojai, Aug 20: “Those who have dishonoured the legend Martyr Bir Tikendrajit on his 127th Martyrs Day Celebration programme held at Manipuri Sahitya Parishad Bhawan on August 13 and had acted against the community, should be punished,” said Assam Pradesh Manipuri Association (APMA) president, Advocate Yumnam Nayan Singha while addressing a press conference on Sunday at PWD IB in New Market in Hojai.

He said that the day is celebrated with a day long programme with an objective to promote national peace, progress and integrity comprising all the multi-linguistic religious groups of the people of our country.

“As our schedule, the programme began at morning 8:00 am at Manipuri Sahitya Parishad Bhawan campus with flag hoisting at 8:30 am Saheed-Tarpan was done in front of the statue of Bir Tikendrajit in New Market followed with a peace rally which marched out in the town,” he added.

He also said that in the afternoon an open session was organised where deputy chief minister of Manipur Yumnam Joykumar Singh, IPS graced occasion as chief guest, Hojai district deputy commissioner Manvendra Pratap Singh, IAS, educationalist Babatumbi Singh, social worker Krishna Kumar, senior Physicain Chanu Singh and many other eminent guests were present on the occasion.

APMA president Advocate Yumnam Nayan Singha along with members alleged  that  in the mid of the programme two persons viz., K Choudhury Singh and Retried Army officer L Binod Singh took the flag which was hoisted in honour of  Bir Tikendrajit  on the same day and has acted against the community.

“On the next day i.e on 14th August APMA members logged a FIR in this regard at Hojai Police Station. Hojai Police registered the Case bearing No. 643/18,” they added.

They said police apprehended the duo and brought them to Hojai Police Station and also called APMA president and secretary. After sometime the duo confessed their mistake. The Officer-in-charge Kiteshwar Baniya said APMA members and the persons involved in the conspiracy to amicably solve the matter in order to safeguard the unity and integrity of Manipuri community.

APMA members thanked Hojai Police OC Kiteshwar Baniya for his invaluable suggestion to safeguard the unity and integrity of the Manipuri community and also informed that a meeting of the community will be organised in coming days to establish peace and harmony where in the presence of administrative officers, circle officer, OC, the duo will confess their guilt.

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