Meetei Religious Shrine at Cheiraoching dismantled

Unknown perpetrators have desecrated the shrine of Atingkok Maru Shidhaba Lainingthou constructed at Thangmeiband Cheiraoching yesterday.
Salai Mapari Shingpul Lup and Thangmeiband United have strongly condemned the incident.
Addressing reporters at Manipur press club, Salai Mapari Shingpul Lup general secretary Huirem Romen said that the shrine which is highly revered by the Meetei community was found dismantled on Monday morning. The miscreants defiled the shrine with doors dismantled and the materials inside the shrine scattered. They also disrespectfully kicked the Paphal of Ibudhou Pakhangba inscribed on the wooden door. The incident is very unfortunate and has hurt the sentiment of Meetei community, he said.
With the support of Thangmeiband United, the organisation constructed the shrine at the historical Cheiraoching hill. Titular Manipur King Leishemba Sanajaoba once hoisted the Salai Taret flag there. Dismantling of the shrine is a challenge to a particular community, he said and appealed to the concerned to not recur such incident.
Thangmeiband United vice president L Prakash while decrying the incident in the strongest term said, “vandalizing the Meetei religious shrine might incite communal tension and misunderstanding among communities as the site is the home of many different communities.


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