Mount Harriet to be called Mount Manipur: Amit Shah

The Union home minister said the decision to rename the Mount Harriet has been taken in honour of Manipur’s Maharaj Kulachandra Dhwaj Singh and 22 others who were imprisoned there.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday announced that Mount Harriet at Kalapani, Andaman and Nicobar Island where prisoners were kept in the past will be renamed as Mount Manipur.

Amit Shah made the announcement while addressing a public gathering at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island at Andaman and Nicobar Island.

The Home Minister said Manipur’s Maharaj Kulachandra Dhwaj Singh and 22 others were imprisoned at Mount Harriet. The decision to rename the mountain has been taken in their honour, he added.

Amit Shah also said the Centre will assist Manipur in establishing the memorial site at Andaman and Nicobar Island.

The process for signing the lease agreement between the Art and Culture department of Andaman and Nicobar and the department of Art and Culture Manipur is under process, but it was slowed down due to the pandemic, the home minister said.

Reacting to the announcement, Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh tweeted: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have kindly given the most befitting recognition to Manipur’s contribution to the freedom struggle, sealing us a connection with national history.”

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First Published:Oct. 17, 2021, 8:18 a.m.

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