Statue of U Kiang Nangbah being unveiled in Shillong, Meghalaya on Monday

Shillong: To mark the 157th death anniversary of legendary freedom fighter U Kiang Nangbah, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) on Monday unveiled his statue near the Civil Hospital in Shillong, Meghalaya.

Traditional drum beats and dance were performed before the statue was unveiled. A few local NGOs were also present o the occasion, wherein leaders of different organisations addressed the crowd and also laid wreaths below the statue.

Remembering the freedom fighter, North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) chairman Samuel Jyrwa said: “U Kiang Nangbah said that we will get freedom in 100 years, we got it in 85 years. But we are not free yet from the Draconian rule under the current government.”

He also urged the people to stand united and not forget their identity as indigenous people.

KSU president Lambokstar Marngar said that people must not forget the work done by Nangbah. The student leader also raised his concern over the demand for Inner Line Permit (ILP), and stated that the demand for the same will not fade away.

U Kiang Nangbah was a freedom fighter from Meghalaya who led an uprising against the British rule. He was hanged by the British publicly at Iawmusiang in Jowai town in West Jaintia Hills district on December 30, 1862. A postage stamp was issued by the government of India to commemorate him in 2001.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the martyrdom of the freedom fighter. He wrote: “Today, we pay tribute to the martyrdom of U Kiang Nangbah, the freedom fighter of #Meghalaya who led a rebellion against the British army. The story of his bravery will always be etched in our hearts. To commemorate him, the #GovernmentOfIndia issued a postage stamp in 2001.”

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