Governor hails sacrifices of WW-II soldiers at tribute run

IMPHAL,9th Sep: Governor Dr Najma Heptulla hailed the sacrifices of soldiers of Indian National Army, Imperial Japanese Army and Allied Force who laid down their lives in Manipur during the second world war. She was attending the Kakching World War II Memorial Run 2018 organised by Kakching Runners in association with Assam Rifles at the AR Garrison Kakching on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Dr Heptulla appealed to the gathering to remember the sacrifices made by soldiers who died in Manipur during the Second World War. They were the valiant soldiers of Azad Hind Fauj who fought for India’s Independence, soldier of Imperial Japanese Army and those of Allied Forces. Both sides lost heavily and thousands were killed during those few months in what is recorded as Britain’s biggest land battle, she said, while recalling that they laid down their lives far away from their homes in this place, which most of them never knew it existed before they were send for the battle.

The Governor went on to say that the event was to remember those people of Manipur, who suffered during the war, as Kakching occupied a prominent place in the history of Second World War fought in Manipur. There was heavy deployment of the Allied Forces in and around Kakching and its airfield. It served as the nerve-centre of the supply line and offensive moves of these forces as Kakching was the target for the Japanese forces for the same reason, she added.

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