IMPHAL, April 23 - In remembrance of the brave sons of the soil who fought valiantly in the Anglo-Manipur War of 1891, the Khongjom Day was observed today at the Khongjom War Memorial Complex at Khebaching in Thoubal district.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh led a small team comprising ministers, MLAs, government officers, police personnel and the public in laying wreaths on the war memorial and the statue of Paona Brajabasi.
Among those present on the occasion were Health Minister L Jayentakumar, Consumers Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam, Tribal Affairs Hills and Fishery Minister N Kayisii, MLAs P Brojen, Y Surchandra, ex-MLA M Hemanta, Chief Secretary Dr J Suresh Babu and DGP LM Khaute. They also offered tarpan on the bank of the Khongjom river.
The �Last Post� was also played as part of the observance. The Khongjom Day being a State holiday, almost all the State Government offices remained closed today.
Unlike the previous years, the day was observed in a subdued manner in view of the current situation arising out of the lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Thoubal district administration maintained social distancing during the programme.
The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee also observed the day at its party office here. State Congress chief M Okendra, Congress Working Committee member Gaikhangam and others were present.
The day was also observed in other parts of the State.