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Irabot birth anniversary celebrated across Manipur

IMPHAL: The 119th birth anniversary of Jananeta Hijam Irabot, a freedom fighter and one of the founder leaders of Communist Party of India (CPI) in Manipur, was widely celebrated across the state on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam attended as the chief guest at the Irabot birth anniversary celebration held at MDU Hall here organised by the Organising Committee of 119th Jananeta Hijam Irabot Birthday Celebration Committee.

On the occasion, Gaikhangam stated that everyone should try to bring peace and harmony and resolve conflict, adding peace will evolve understanding among all communities of the state and bring people together across boundaries.

Hijam Irabot Celebration Committee observed the anniversary at his birth place Pishumthong Oinam Leikai in Imphal West.

Hijam Irabot Singh (September 30, 1896 – September 26, 1951) was also a politician and social activist, who formed an underground Communist Party of Manipur on October 29, 1948 and carried out armed struggle against the Government. He died on September 26, 1951 in Myanmar.  1 year before Manipur was merged with the Indian Union, election to the Manipur Legislative Assembly was held in 1948 and Irabot won it from Utlou constituency of Thoubal district.

Works Minister Dr Kh Ratankumar was the chief guest at the celebration held at Pishumthong Oinam Leikai.  The Irabot Celebration Committee also marked anniversary at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound in Imphal East.

On the occasion, Hijam Irabot Award 2015 was conferred on former minister RV Minthang who is known for his work towards bringing communal harmony in the state.  The Unity Award was given to social activist Rose Mangsi Haokip, Thiyam Meghachandra Journalist Award to Echel Express editor Irengbam Arunkumar, Hijam Achou Sinmi Award to Chingtham Kulachandra Yumsaba and Thokchom Achouba Award to Oinam Munal, a social activist

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