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Manipur: Miscreants fire gunshots at Rath Yatra chariot

The Shri Shri Govindaji Temple Board, which is organising the Rath Yatra, has confirmed that the procession will proceed as scheduled on July 8 at 1.30 pm.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 7 Jul 2024, 3:27 am

(PHOTO: IFP)
(PHOTO: IFP)

Miscreants fired gunshots at a Rath Yatra chariot, being prepared for the upcoming Rath Yatra festival near the crossing of Sana Konung at Palace Compound in Imphal East, Manipur on Friday around 12.30 am.

As per sources, the miscreants arrived in a car from the direction of Advanced hospital and fired two rounds of bullets at the chariot and quickly fled towards the Palace Gate.

Following which, Imphal East District Police led by officers swiftly rushed to the spot and issued alerts at various police checkpoints. No injuries were reported in the incident and the motive behind the incident is yet to be ascertained.

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Notably, various sections of the state posted on social media to abstain from celebrating the Rath Yatra festival, scheduled for July 8, amid the ongoing unrest.

The Shri Shri Govindaji Temple Board, which is organising the Rath Yatra, has confirmed that the procession will proceed as scheduled on July 8 at 1.30 pm.

It is reported that investigation is in full swing to nab the culprits involved in the attack.

The Shri Shri Govindaji Temple Board condemned the gun attack on the Konung Kang preparations in Palace Compound, Imphal East, and reaffirmed its decision to proceed with the procession as scheduled.

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“No threat can stop Konung Kang from its procession. Guns and bombs cannot stop Konung Kang as it is a religious ritual of Manipur, not a celebration,” said M Barish Sharma, SO of the Temple Board, while speaking to the media in Imphal.

He highlighted that Konung Kang Chingba has been an integral part of Manipur’s religious heritage since the time of King Gambhir Singh, after the installation of the Shree Shree Govindaji temple.

Barish further emphasised that the decision to organise the Ratha Yatra was taken by the board members, including chief minister N Biren and Speaker Th Satyabarta, who are the chairman and vice-chairman of the Temple Board, respectively.

The procession will be a part of a prayer for peace in Manipur, he said appealing to the perpetrators not to repeat such attacks in the future.
 

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IFP Bureau

IFP Bureau

IMPHAL, Manipur

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