Tribal Martyrs’ Memorial unveiled in CCpur town
CCPUR,31st Aug: The Tribal Martyrs’ Memorial constructed at the burial site of the nine tribal who laid down their lives during protest against three anti-tribal bills, was unveiled in Churadhandpur district on Friday. The ceremony began with an invocation performed by Baptist Partnership Ministry NTBC president reverend Khamkhosiam Hangnung, followed by inauguration of the main gate by PTC GHQ president K Suanthang.
The left, right and middle pavements were inaugurated by Mizo People’s Convention HQ Manipur president Vanlalrinliana, TCU HQ president H Pauzachin and YPA GHQ president T Khailianthang respectively. UZO GHQ president Chinlunthang and STC GHQ president G Dongzalian Simte inaugurated the left and right ponds respectively.
After the inauguration of the MoU Memorial and keynote speech by JAC-AATB chief convener H Mangchinkhup, ZoRO GHQ president R Sangkawia unveiled the martyrs’ memorial. Homage to the tribal martyrs, observance of silence and traditional gun salute was also offered in honour of the departed souls.
Later, Reverend Dr Emmanuel Kholi dedicated the memorial to the public. The event was attended by 11 members of Congress party from Mizoram, four MNF members, two MZP members, three MSU members, four ZORO members including the president and one from ZPM, all from Mizoram.
Earlier floral tributes were paid to the martyrs by their family members followed by CSO leaders including those from Mizoram. MSU GHQ president RB Lalmalsawma, MZP GHQ vice-president B Vanlaltana, ZPM representative Lalmuanpuia Punte, MNG GHQ general secretary K Vanlalvena, Mizoram MLA R Vanlalvena, who is also president of Aizawl District Congress Committee talked on the importance of unity among Zo descendants while terming the three bills as a factor of unifying the Zo brethren.
Speaking on the occasion, JAC-AATB chief convener H Mangchinkhup highlighted that the memorial is a monument signifying the supreme sacrifices made by the nine tribal martyrs and a memorial to the prayers and relentless struggle by the tribal people. The MoU signed between the JAC and state government brought to an end to the agitation and the memorial park is an outcome of the MoU.
However, construction of the park under the supervision of district administration is far from complete and construction will resume in full swing after the unveiling. Besides, the construction of Tribal Martyrs’ Memorial Hall at Singhat will begin shortly, he said, while adding that the day is not a day for mourning but a day of triumph. He also called for unity among the tribal people.