Khel Ratna Mary Kom prays for peace in Manipur

Last Updated: Friday, August 28, 2009 - 16:40

New Delhi: Herself a victim of the continuing unrest in Manipur, this year`s Khel Ratna awardee and four-time world champion woman boxer M C Mary Kom wants to see peace returning to her violence-hit home state.

As she prepares to receive the country`s highest sporting honour tomorrow, Mary Kom said the situation back home is an "unsettling" thought.

"I want peace for Manipur. It should move ahead like the rest of the country. It should be one India with Manipur in it," the 27-year-old pugilist, whose father-in-law was shot dead in December 2006, told reporters.

"I have myself experienced it (the volatile law and order situation). My father-in-law, who came to Delhi to support me during the 2006 World Championships, was shot dead in December that year. I still don`t know why it happened. I don`t know who did it," she recalled.
Although little about Manipur has been reported by the national media, the state has been on the boil for the past one month with civillian protests against the armed forces.

Locals allege that the men in uniform commit atrocities and some recently-released pictures of an alleged fake encounter have acted as fuel to the fire.

Asked what she thought of the existing Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the state which allows arrests and search operations without warrants, Mary Kom refused comment but said she wants the situation to normalise.

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First Published: Friday, August 28, 2009 - 16:40

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