Manipur Chief Minister N Biren on Friday extended greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of Khongjom Day 2022 and paid tributes to the great martyrs who fought against the British rule.
In his message, N Biren paid tribute to the great generals, martyrs and soldiers who fought against the British forces, despite inevitable defeat to protect the dignity and sovereignty of the motherland in the Anglo-Manipur War of 1891.
On April 23, 1891 valiant Manipur soldiers led by Paona Brajabashi fought a fierce battle with the British forces at the southern fringe of Manipur valley at Khongjom and laid their lives, he recalled.
He invited the public to pay homage to the valiant heroes on the occasion by setting aside differences and committing to upholding the unity and integrity of the country. He also encouraged the public in transforming the state into a self-reliant and prosperous state.
Power Minister Th Biswajit Singh and Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly Th Satyabrata Singh also extended greetings and well wishes to the people of Manipur on the occasion, and paid tribute to the martyred soldiers of the Anglo-Manipur War, 1891.
In his message, Th Biswajit invited the public to remember the heroic sacrifices made by the brave forefathers who stood against the mighty British rule in the Anglo-Manipur War of 1891, and “follow in their footsteps to preserve and defend the sovereignty of the state and strive for peace and harmony amongst the people.”
Speaker Th Satyabrata in his message stated that the Khongjom Day is celebrated every year as a remembrance to all the brave souls who sacrificed for Manipur in the memorable Anglo-Manipur War of 1891. He recalled the brave freedom fighters such as Major Paona Brajabashi, Chinglensana, Loitongba Jamadar, Keisa Jamadar, Heirang Khongja and many more brave Manipuri soldiers who were martyred at the battlefield.
Extending greetings to the people of the state on the occasion, he appealed to the public irrespective of caste, creed or religion to reaffirm the pledge to preserve and protect the sovereignty and integrity of the state.