President to visit Manipur on April 23

Imphal, April 22 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a one-day visit to Manipur on Saturday to attend the Khongjom Day ceremony as well as inaugurate a monument-cum-tourist centre here.

Khongjom Day is observed on April 23 by the Manipur government to pay tributes to its brave sons who made the supreme sacrifice for the cause of their motherland.

The monument to be inaugurated by Mukherjee will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Anglo-Manipur war of 1891 at Khongjom, now in Thoubal district and about 40 km from Imphal.

Security in Manipur has been beefed up in view of the president’s visit. Central police forces will assist the state police in maintaining law and order.

Security forces have conducted combing operations though no arrests have been reported.

High officials from Delhi were camping in Imphal for the past few days to supervise the security and other arrangements for the presidential visit.

The president and his entourage along with Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh will reach Kheba hillock — where the main function will be held — in three Indian Air Force helicopters for security reasons.

“There may be some inconveniences to the people. However, the government appeals to one and all to attend the function after lunch to make it a grand success,” the chief minister said.

–IANS

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