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Muted Independence Day celebrations in Manipur

deserted Imphal

Imphal roads wear deserted look

IMPHAL, AUGUST 15: It was a muted Independence Day celebrations in Manipur on Tuesday because of the dawn-to-dusk general strike called by multiple militant outfits and the loss of lives and property of hundreds of people over the last 3 months in the ethnic strife.
Across rural areas of the State and in major parts of capital Imphal, shops and markets remained closed and streets wore an almost deserted look due to the general strike.
Responding to an official order, Government employees in both the hill and valley districts reached their respective offices to take part in the flag hoisting ceremonies.
“I reached office around 8.30 a.m. and took part in the flag hoisting ceremony. Most of my colleagues were there. The function was followed by a small get-together where we all discussed the current situation”, said Robin Laishram, a Government employee.
Sunita Devi, who will be retiring later this year, was the first to reach her office to take part in the Independence Day celebrations.
“This is my last year in office. After that, I will go to Delhi and stay with my son. Before the ethnic strife broke out, I thought of arranging an elaborate party for my office colleagues on Independence Day. But I had to skip all my plans as there is hardly anything to celebrate”, she told PTI.
While State and district level functions were held in a grand manner with distribution of prizes and certificates, playing of the national anthem and performance by cultural troupes, celebrations at the local level were very limited with most people preferring to remain indoors.
Local businessman Sarat Th said, “There has been heavy losses to life and property over the last 3 months and therefore there’s no mood for celebrations. My brother-in-law, whose house was burnt in Moreh, is in a relief camp in Imphal East district. We have cooked some special items for his family and will be going there to deliver it. That will be our celebration for the day.” For the last 2 days, the State has been making arrangements for Independence Day celebrations across the State capital. Across the city, national flags were put up along the main roads and important buildings.
Some people also took part in the Centre’s Har Ghar Tiranga campaign and put flags on their residences.
Kuki-Zo village volunteers in Churachandpur district also celebrated the 77th Independence Day, officials said, adding the Tricolours were also fluttering along the national highway in Kangpokpi town. (PTI)

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