People in large including family members of the 18 martyrs of June 18, 2001 "The Great June Uprising" turn up at Kekrupat to pay homage to the departed souls on June 18 2012. Territorial integrity of Manipur cannot be compromised was the banner of protest against June 14 Bangkok Declaration of "Without Territorial limits" between NSCN (IM) and GOI ceasefire agreement. The declaration triggered the public and protests spark the State where 18 people lost their lives.
About The Great June Uprising: This date made it to the pages of the history of modern Manipur ten years back, when the people rose as one, took to the streets and literally turned to ashes the offices of a good number of political parties to protest the Bangkok Declaration of June 14, 2001 which rendered the cease fire pact between the Centre and the NSCN (IM) as a pact not bound by any territorial limits. There were no hazy points here. June 18, 2001 was a demonstration that Manipurís territorial integrity cannot be compromised at any cost and the death of 18 persons in police firing on this day, ten years back, has come to serve as the rallying point for the pro-Manipur integrity group
Read all about The Great June Uprising 2001 here.
Photo Credit :: Bunti Phurailatpam