By M.Devanand Sharma
Imphal (Manipur), Aug 9 :Today is the 76th anniversary of Quit India movement. On this day in 1942, the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi gave the clarion call of “Do or Die” to all Indians to drive away Britishers from the country. The day is observed as August Kranti Day every year across the country.
However, the situation here was altogether different. The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee said that it was a deliberate attempt to foil of the observance of the day and termed it as undemocratic and disrespect to the Father of the Nation.
The unsavoury incident occured this morning at around 11:30 am when the members of Indian National Congress, were coming out of the Congress Bhavan to garland the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at MG Avenue .
The state Police here started firing tear gas shells inside the premises of the Manipur Congress Bhavan and prevented the members from stepping out .
The entire incident occured in the broad day light in the heart of the capital city in presence of the former Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh, MPCC President TN Haokip, former Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur and AICC CWC member Gaikhangam and many other leaders of the Congress party and its frontal organisations.
Reacting to the incident Former Chief Minister of Manipur Okram Ibobi Singh said that the attempts to foil the observance of the day by firing tear gas shells and mock bombs is an attempt to assassinate democracy.
“Today is the darkest day in the history of democratic India where we had to witness to teargas shelling by the Police inside the official premise of a national political party, which happens to be the leading Opposition in India’s democracy”, said Manipur State Congress president TN.Haokip.
Later, the day was observed at Congress Bhavan here under the aegis of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC).