IMPHAL, Aug 13 - Manipur observed the Patriots’ Day today to pay tribute to the freedom fighters of the State who rebelled against the British. The Patriots’ Day is observed on August 13 to commemorate the 1891 Anglo-Manipuri war in which scores of people sacrificed their lives to safeguard the independence of the land.
Addressing a function, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that the State Government is conducting a study to name some Andaman and Nicobar islands after the freedom fighters of Manipur. “We want to honour our heroes,” he said at the function held at the Bir Tikendrajit Park, which was also attended by Governor Dr Najma Heptulla.
Singh said that the State Government has received a formal letter from the Central Government to name some of the Andaman and Nicobar islands after freedom fighters of Manipur who were exiled there after the Anglo-Manipur war of 1891.
“We have been taking up various initiatives in the last two-and-a-half years to give respect to the Manipuri heroes who sacrificed their lives for the land,” he said.
Prior to the day’s main function, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla placed wreaths at the Kangla Fort and Saheed Minar at Bir Tikendrajit Park.
Earlier in the morning, Chief Minister Biren Singh, along with top officials, paid floral tribute to the departed souls at the historic Hicham Yaicham Pat at Moirangkhom and Thangal General Temple complex at the Palace Compound here.
Several organisations, including the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee and the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, also celebrated the Patriots’ Day today.