Imphal, Jan 26 : Republic day was celebrated in the state amid a boycott call by militants. Governor Dr Najma Heptulla unfurled the tricolour at Kangla and took salute of the contingents which took part in the march past.
The parade participated by Manipur Police, women battalion, home guard, traffic, students and various cultural organisations started from 1st Manipur Rifles parade ground, passed through Kangla, main road around Kangla before converging at the parade ground.
Various departments displayed their achievements and activities in various tableaux and government departments erected gates in the route. Cultural programmes were also presented by various troupes from all parts of the state. About 118 contingents including uniformed services, schools, colleges and bands platoons, 17 cultural troupes and 16 tableaux of different Government Departments took part in the celebrations.
Governor handed out President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service to Jemadar Md. Ghiyasuddin of 7th IRB. Police Medal for Meritorious Service was given to Dy. CO of 1st MR Suresh Thapa, S. Sarat Chandra Singh of 3rd IRB, ASI of MPTO Devishore, Head Constable K. Brojen Singh of Imphal West District, Head Constable Khualthianthang Vaiphei of Churachandpur District and Havildar Bhomen Sharma of 7th IRB.
The Governor also handed over Union Home Minister's Medal for Excellence in Police Training to Subedar Kh. Naba Singh, Havildar Y. Guneshore Singh and Havindar D. Mathew Maring and Rifleman Y. Sundar Singh of Manipur Police Training College. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh welcomed the participants and addressed them at the parade ground.
He said the government is striving towards inclusive and all-round development for all with a sense of unity, peace and harmony. He expressed that the participation of all communities in the Republic day parade signifies the revival of the close bond between people of different communities residing in the state. The main objective of the government in the state is to ensure equal opportunities and participation for all, he said.
It is under this objective that the State Government have initiated Go to Hills and Go to Village, he asserted. CM further stated that such programmes of the government are reaching out to every nook and corner of Manipur including the remotest part which has been unreached so far. The Governor in a message said, "It was one this day in 1950, that we gave ourselves the Constitution which is the guiding principle of our country.
On this occasion, we should revere and offer our homage to those founding fathers for their foresight and understanding". "India is poised to become one of the leading Nations of the world. Its progress in science and technology backed by young and dynamic population will usher the country to greater heights," she said. Security was beefed up throughout the state. Border trade was stopped at Moreh.
Security personnel manned all roads and strategic places as six militant groups operating in the northeast called for “Total shutdown on the Republic Day ” HNLC, KCP, KLO, KYKL, NLFT and PDCK had said the boycott call has been made as the celebration is "purely anachronistic imposition in this part of the world, as the citizens of this region are not allowed to enjoy Republicanism in the true sense of the term". The total shutdown was effective from 6 am to 6 pm. People remained indoors and streets were deserted in view of the shutdown. (UNI)