Manipur continues to mourn Elizabeth
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, November 19: A memorial service in remembrance of Lungnila Elizabeth was conducted at the Little Flower School on the seventh day of recovery of her body today where prayer and floral tributes were offered in honour of the departed soul today.

Besides students, teaching and non-teaching staff, Lungnila's parents GAD Minister Francis Ngajokpa and Eastland Francis accompanied by relatives took part at the service.

Speaking on the solemn occasion, Francis said that the soul of her deceased daughter still remains among the students with whom she had spent more time than him.

Walking down memory lane, Francis said Lungnila not only got up the earliest among the family members but also never failed to wish her parents everyday in the morning.

He said out of nowhere an extraordinary rush of affection and love filled his thoughts on the very day (Nov 4) his daughter was kidnapped and prayed to God for her early return from school.

On the very fateful day also she strangely refused to take the lunch-box which she always carried, while the school calendar was signed mostly by the mother as he himself had a busy schedule, recalled the father emotionally seeking her daughter's forgiveness for not being able to devote enough time to his young daughter.

He also recalled a particular event wherein due to impulsion Francis reached the school to collect her daughter but had to return home without her as he failed to identify her own daughter from amongst the large number of similar looking students and lamented, as if destined, the kidnappers could easily pick up their choice.

Elizabeth would certainly be watching her classmates from heaven and wishing them the very best for their exams and Christmas festival, he added.

Meanwhile, an all religion prayer service organized by Integrated Peoples' Progressive Union, Manipur Foundation and Manipur Peace Committee was held at Khunthokhanbi Shanglen today where people of all walks of life irrespective of caste, religion and community prayed for the peaceful rest of the departed soul.

Amid rendition of religious songs, people in large number paid floral tributes at the portrait of Elizabeth.

The programme was organized to cement love and brotherhood brought about by events of the school girl's kidnap that culminated with the gruesome murder of the eight year old.

In the meantime Saman Sporting and Development Youth Club (Lilong), All Santhel Women Development Assn and Brave Boys' Assn (Mayang Imphal) condoled the demise of Elizabeth.

Condemning the killing Alliance for Development Alternatives Manipur (Kakching) said the 12th issue of its bi-monthly publication will be dedicated to Lungnila Elizabeth.

Interested scholars are appealed to contribute their viewpoints/comments on the issue.