STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 4th nov: The 14th death anniversary of Lungnila Elizabeth, who was found brutally murdered after being abducted for ransom on this day in 2003, was observed at 'Vishal Mega Mart With Devala Shopping' complex, Hiyangthang Konjil.
The observance function organised by Mami Artists’ Association was sponsored by the family of Kh Inaoba and N Nandakishore.
Hiyanglam MLA and MANIDCO chairman Dr Y Radheshyam, who attended the observance as chief guest, said that time has come for one and all to stand together against terrorism so that the unfortunate incident occurred to Lungnila Elizabeth is not repeated in future.
Apart from bringing unity of hills and valley people, late baby Lungnila Elizabeth brought together all sections of people in raising their voice against heinous crimes, he said and stressed the need for strengthening such collective spirit to bring peace and unity in Manipur.
Social activist Dr Dhanabir Laishram, who also attended the observance function, observed that only lip service would not bring unity between the hills and valley people but by observance like Lungnila Elizabeth’s death anniversary which could ease differences between hills and valley people.
Unity of the hill and valley people could be brought if vast lands in the hills are utilised for business purposes and earn money collectively and only then the spirit of unity could be propagated, he added.
In his address, actor Narendra Ningomba said that contemporary Manipur society need to observe the death anniversary of Lungnila Elizabeth which signifies that hills and valley dwellers are brothers and help each other in the time of suffering. Such observances need to be organised regularly for bringing peace and unity in the state, he said.
Delivering the key note address, Kh Inaoba said the death anniversary of baby Lungnila Elizabeth was observed with the main objective to propagate the spirit of unity among hills and valley people. He reminded that Lungnila Elizabeth’s death instilled a spirit of unity among hill and valley people and such spirit need to be restored for safeguarding Manipur’s territorial integrity.
Floral tributes to portrait of baby Lungnila Elizabeth, commemoration song dedicated to the late Little flower School student and presentation of gifts to inmates of Old Age Home, Mongsangei marked the observance.