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2001 agitation anniversary observed

The people of Manipur on Friday remembered the 18 men and women who had died on June 18, 2001 during the anti-ceasefire agitation.

Of the two functions held here, one was organised by the United Committee Manipur (UCM), as The Great June Uprising Day at Kekrupat, where the memorial stones of the 18 persons stand. Floral tributes were paid by thousands of family members and relatives of those killed.

The other function, organised by the All-Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) at Thau Grounds, also saw floral tributes to photographs of the 18 persons. This ninth anniversary had special significance in view of the recent attempts made by Thuingaleng Muivah, general secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), to enter Manipur and the indefinite blockade by the Naga tribal organisations from April 11 protesting the Manipur government's bar on Mr. Muivah.

The June 2001 agitation was against the Centre-NSCN(I-M) agreement to extend ceasefire to areas in Manipur and other States.This was seen by Manipuris as a move to carve out areas of Manipur, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh as Naga-inhabited to create a greater Nagaland.


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