The Manipur Peace and Integrity (MAPI) Council and various civil voluntary organisations condoled the demise of social activist Nongthombam Bimol due to COVID-19 on August 13.
A release signed by MAPI Council secretary general, M Neta Moirangcha on Saturday stated that Nongthombam Bimol from Khurai Chingangbam, who succumbed to COVID-19 on August 13 at JNIMS, ICU Ward, was a president of MAPI Council. He was also a key architect in formation of United Committee Manipur and maintaining peace, unity and integrity between hills and valleys.
Bimol also led various social and political movements in the state. Some of the important issues that he took forefront are implementation of Inner Line Permit System, repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Indo-Naga Peace Talk, it added.
The release further said that his untimely demise is an irreparable loss for the state. The last rite of Bimol was performed on Saturday in the presence of many CVOs namely UCM, PPCM, AMSU, UPF and others.
Condoling the demise of Bimol, a two-minute silence was observed followed by offering floral tribute to the portrait of Bimol, the release mentioned.
The release further stated that Bimol, who had lost his life at 56, did not even enter married life so as to sacrifice his life for the welfare of the society. During his lifetime, he travelled to many remotest areas where the government could never reach to experience the inconveniences faced by the people in the villages.
Bimol also tried to maintain a good relationship between the Manipuri Diaspora in Myanmar and people of the state, it added.
While condemning the state government for the alleged arrest of late Bimol without having appropriate reason, it further stated that the arrest was made with no appropriate reason, which was extremely unfortunate. The state would never bring stability if the state government discourages such a selfless person of the state.
The release alleged that due to improper service and reckless treatment in the jail has led Bimol to COVID-19 infection and finally unable to save his life even after being admitted to JNIMS.
"His untimely demise is a great loss for the state. Let his soul rest in peace and the MAPI Council would share the pain of the family of the departed soul", it added.