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Possible war bastion found near Kakching
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, February 28 2015 : A bastion apparently constructed by either invading Burmese soldiers during the time of Manipur King Gambhir Singh or British soldiers during World War II has been found at Lousi Sanji Makha in Kharungpat of Thoubal district.

The place where the mainstay was discovered is located about 4 km from Kakching.

It is said that several large pillars were found at the place in 2010 when a group of villagers dug the site for fish farming.

A number of huge wooden pillars each measuring 10 ft in length and 5 ft in diameter were found erected at the site.

The pillars were put up in lines in a fine geometrical figure.

Each line was made of four pillars.

Talking to Hueiyen Lanpao, HeikrujamTomba (35), a resident of Tekcham Laibung, said some 50-100 large pillars were discovered at the site.

"We've stopped digging the site because we have experienced a panicky situation there," he said.

Tomba said the size of the pillars have shrunk and decayed as they have gone through the underground water for many years.

"Locals pulled out some of the pillars and used as firewood," he said.

Elders in the past had it that there were frequent wars between Manipur and Burma, now Myanmar, during the time of Manipur King Gambhir Singh.

As the Awa army repeatedly invaded Manipur during that time, a number of fortresses were built in and around Kakching, according to the Royal Chronicle of Manipur "Cheitharol Kumbaba" .

It is believed that such 1.5 km long pillars at Lousi Sanji Makha could be part of the strongholds constructed during the time of Gambhir Singh.

On the other hand, sources said the Allied Force used Kakching as its bastion during WW II.

The Allied Force also developed an airport in the area to combat Japanese army coming from the Burma side.

The place could become an important historical site if the facts are found out.


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