IMPHAL, March 30: Proscribed outfit PREPAK has wished the people of Manipur on the occasion of ‘Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba.’
A statement of the outfit signed by its assistant secretary, publicity and propaganda, LeibakNgakpa Luwang has said the day is inseparable with the people of the land.
The People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) wish the people of the land on the coming of such an important festival, it said.
It said that the day has been observed since the days of King ‘Leinung Lonja Pakhangba.’
In the past, ‘Pana lakpas,’ pana leaders of Khurai Pana, Wangkhei Pana, Khwai Pana and Yaiskul Pana in their traditional dresses would have strode on their ponies in their respective localities a day ahead of Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba to announce the arrival of the new year, said the statement.
Further according to the statement, during the reign of Meidingu Kiyamba (1467-1508) instead of the four ‘pana lakpa’, a single individual called as the ‘Hiyangloi’ was charge to make the announcement.