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Manipur CM Biren calls for peaceful coexistence, assures justice in Athuan Abonmai case

The first death anniversary of Athuan Abonmai was observed at Tarung Village, Langol on Thursday, where Biren sought cooperation and support of the people in honour of Abonmai.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 23 Sept 2022, 5:49 am

(Photo: DIPR)
(Photo: DIPR)

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh made a clarion call for all communities for peaceful coexistence, cooperation and unity while asserting that Manipur’s beauty is in diversity.

Biren was addressing a gathering at the observance of the 1st Death Anniversary of Athuan Abonmai at Tarung Village, Langol on Thursday. He assured that justice will be delivered in Abonmai’s case and added that the case is under investigation by the National Investigation Agency and much detail cannot be divulged at the moment.

He also said that he strongly condemned the incident and that he will not tolerate violence. Regarding construction of a memorial park in Abonmai’s name, N Biren Singh said the government will do the needful though it might take some time.

Identifying late Abonmai to be a vocal leader who believes in the unity of Manipur and welfare of the Zeliangrong people, he said Abonmai was like a family member to him.

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Biren further said that he shares the grief and sorrow of the family, the people and expressed gratitude to the JAC for looking after and supporting the bereaved family during their time of sorrow.

Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that “this is not the time for war” and further called on everyone to shun violence. Violence and infightings amongst the people have never brought development in this society, he said, reminding the people of past infightings among different communities. “Let us respect each other and co-exist as one,” he added.

Hill Areas Committee Chairman Dinganglung Gangmei said taking the path of violence and hate because of differences in views or opinions will not bring progress to this society and nation.

In a matured democracy like India, where the concept of unity in diversity exists, there is no place for politics of hate and violence, he said.

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He further sought cooperation and support of the people in honour of Late Athuan Abonmai. “Let us co-exist with communal harmony without disturbing the identity of other communities,” he said.

The HAC chairman condemned every form of violence and added that no one has the right to take the law into their own hands. The observance was attended by minister L Susindro Meitei and leaders of various civil society organisations among others.

As part of the observation, he also led the others in offering floral tribute to Athuan Abonmai. Family members also gave speeches of gratitude and performed a special song.

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