CM N Biren Singh graced the occasion on Wednesday Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: Manipur on Wednesday joined the rest of India to observe Vijay Diwas and pay tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971.

The state-level observance of Vijay Diwas was held at the Banquet Hall of 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles with chief minister N Biren Singh and deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh as the chief guest and functional president respectively.

Speaking at the occasion, CM Biren Singh said that the Indian armed forces were not well equipped at that time. However, it was the spirit of patriotism and sacrifice that won the war and liberated East Pakistan as Bangladesh. He stated that even many from Manipur were said to have taken part in the war.

Stating that the Indian armed force is one of the most powerful armed forces in the world, Singh asserted that it is now capable of handling any external aggression.

The chief minister also mentioned that the recent surgical strikes executed by India and successful restoration of control along LAC at Ladakh. He further observed that people should always extend physical and moral supports to armed forces because they are the one who guards the country in the borders.

The state richly paid tributes to the martyrs of the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971

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“They have been able to win the confidence of the public. And state security forces are working in good co-ordination with the Army, Assam Rifles, BSF, CRPF, etc. to maintain order,” Singh said.

No incident of ‘police/security force excess’ had happened in the past three years and a half, he added.

Stating that the state police have to maintain good rapport with the people now, the chief minister said that it is because of this good relationship with the public that a large number of drugs and intoxicants are being seized every day. Government’s ‘War on Drugs’ campaign would continue until this menace is fully rooted out, he maintained.

Meanwhile, the deputy CM Joykumar said that Vijay Diwas is observed in commemoration of India’s victory over Pakistan in the war of 1971.

“On this day in 1971, the General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93,000 troops, surrendered to the Indian Army. Though Pakistan had suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of India in the war, it still wants to take revenge,” said Joykumar.

The neighbouring country is waging a proxy war in Kashmir. That’s why India still needs to remain vigilant, he added.

Ministers, MLAs, administrative Secretaries, heads of departments, high ranking civil and police officials also attended the function.

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