A mass condolence and unity observation programme for the late VDF N Premananda was held at Thoubal Okram playground on Monday.
Thoubal district VDF welfare Association organised the event in collaboration with 16th District VDF welfare Association Manipur under the sponsorship of All Manipur VDF welfare Association, Head Office Imphal.
Attending the event, Wangkhemcha Shyamjai, chief advisor of AMVDF WA and president, AMWJU said that Premananda will be remembered as long as the government's War on drugs remains and a judicial enquiry is being conducted on the case. The VDF welfare association has been urging chief minister N. Biren to erect a life size statue in loving memory of late Premananda at Thoubal, he added.
He acknowledged that VDF personnels have been taking a major role in maintaining the law and order of the state.
Speaking at the event, Md Idrish Shah, joint secretary, All Manipur VDF welfare and President, Thoubal district VDF welfare Association said that the mass condolence is being held to show solidarity to the departed soul.
Attendees of the event paid floral tributes to the portrait of late Premananda led by Wangkhemcha Shyamjai. Imphal West VDF Band Party presented a mourning song and a two minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect to late Premananda.
The Imphal West Traffic wing also extended financial assistance of Rupees 10,000 to the bereaved family.
Ima Indrani, president, All Manipur VDF guardians welfare Association also attended the event.
It may be mentioned that VDF No.706 Ningombam Premananda had been missing since the intervening night of January 21 and 22 while attending duty to destroy illegal poppy plantations around Phaisi village under Chakpikarong Police Station in Chandel district.
Premananda's body was found at M Lebanon village under Chakpikarong Police Station on February 3.