Longjamba Meeitei Netaji, secretary of the steering committee of Nupi Lal Memorial Association (NLMA), on Wednesday said the photograph of Ima Sara Bibi was removed from Nupi Lal Memorial complex as the association could not find her historical background.
The NLMA also urged the United Manipur Muslim Women Development Organisation (UMMWDO) to provide historical proof that Ima Sara Bibi was one of the protestors during the Nupi Lal.
Netaji told media at the office of NMLA, Tera Loukrakpam Leikai, Imphal West, that all the photographs kept inside the Nupi Lal Memorial Complex have historical background related to Nupi Lal.
He said, based on the narration made by Ima Rajani, who was one of the lead protesters during Nupi Lal, a book entitled “Nupi Lal” was released on December 12, 1980, by the then Chief Minister, Rishang Keishang.
However, the name of Ima Sara Bibi is not included in the book and Ima Rajani also did not mention about the said protester in her narration, Netaji added.
On December 10, 2013, UMMWDO wrote to the association, requesting to recommend 30 Muslim women protesters who participated in the Nupi Lal. During the research on the 30 Muslim women protesters, the photograph of Ima Sara Bibi was found placed among the photographs of Nupi Lal women protesters kept inside the Nupi Lal Memorial Complex, he added.
Netaji asked as to who recommended Ima Sara Bibi among the 30 Muslim women protesters. Without having historical background how can UMMWDO claimed Ima Sara Bibi as a leading protester among the Muslim community, he further questioned.
Netaji said Ima Sara Bibi will be considered a genuine protester if she has a historical background of at least six-month jail in connection with the Nupi Lal incident.