KANGPOKPI: Reiterating its firm stance, the Kuki Inpi Manipur, apex body of the Kuki tribes, mailed another representation to the Prime Minister on Monday to first settle NSCN-IM heinous criminal acts before making any kind of settlement/solution with NSCN-IM.
KIM alleged the NSCM(IM) of murdering 905 Kuki innocent citizens including children, pregnant mothers, aged and invalid; uprooting 360 villages and seized their ancestral land and displacing over 1,00,000 Kuki people and rendering them homeless.
It also reminded the Prime Minister that any solution made without legal settlement of Kuki problem first will sow seed of social chaos which can eventually cause extensive social and political upheaval in the region.
On the issue of Kuki Political stance for peace and Harmony in Manipur and in relation to the ongoing tripartite political dialogue on Kuki political future, KIM reiterates its firm belief in peaceful coexistence between the three major communities – the Meitei, the Kuki and the Kacha Nagas in the state and recognized that mutual respect among the three communities of each other’s political, constitutional and legal rights is the way forward.
However, it alleged that Th Muivah-led NSCN-IM continuously sought to undermine the rights of the Kuki people over the territories they have inhabited long before and since the country’s constitution came into force, thereby challenging the very foundation of the Indian nation while varied Kuki organizations have time and again sought the intervention of the central and state governments, sadly to no avail.
It also said that when the prayer for intervention went unheeded it perhaps emboldened the perpetrators. Between 1992 and 1997, in a declared act of ethnic cleansing genocide, preceded by a quit notice to Kuki villages in Ukhrul, Senapati and Tamenglong districts, signed by United Naga Council (UNC) leaders, the Kuki villages were given a dateline of 15 September, 1993. Even before the expiry of the dateline, the NSCN-IM and its proxy, the Naga Limguard, launched an ethnic pogrom that saw more than 360 Kuki villages ethnically cleansed and forcibly annexed with the brutal massacre of more than a thousand innocent Kuki peoples and the displacement of more than 100,000 Kukis.
The Kukis breathe a sigh of relief when a letter of grievances was acknowledged and forwarded to the Government of Manipur on dated 18/06/2020 No. PMOPG/D/2019/036702, dt. 07.09.2019 received through PMOPG Portal”, it added.
While the Kuki INPI Manipur was looking forward with high anticipation for all possible legal action against the NSCN IM and in contrary to the letter from your office to the State Government, the news about a crucial round of talks between Union Government and NSCN IM is being scheduled, it further said.
KIM also pointed out that of the 16 districts in Manipur, the Kukis dominate five of them namely Chandel, Kangpokpi, Tengnoupal, Pherzawl and Churachandpur. Issue of Naga integration has aroused fear in our minds that vast territory of our land will be included in the proposed Naga Territorial Council. The Kuki can’t forget the ethnic cleansing carried out by the NSCN-IM with the sole intention to forcibly seize lands belonging to the Kukis.
“A solution for the Kacha Nagas of Manipur, at the cost of the land belonging to the Kukis will add fuel to the simmering tensions between te two communities, as well as a strong disappointment towards the Government of India”, it asserted.
Khaimang Chongloi, Inpipu (President), KIM and Shokholun Mate, Semang (General Secretary), KIM who signed the representation in the name of the Kuki Inpi Manipur and on behalf of the Kuki people also seek the kind benevolence of the Prime Minister to consider the situation of the Kukis before finalization of the Frame work Agreement and also establish a strong political institution so that the Kukis as an indigenous people of India can govern their own affairs within their traditional territory and protect their Ancestral land and identity which their forefathers have defended from the British Imperial Raj and grow at par with other communities of our country.