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Kukis observe ‘Black Day’ in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 13
Published on 14 Sep. 2017 12:43 AM IST
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Kukis in Manipur on Wednesday observed ‘Black Day’, to mourn the massacre of nearly 1,000 innocent Kukis during the early nineties. Kuki based civil bodies alleged that between 1992 and 1997, NSCN (I-M) had allegedly launched attacks across Manipur, killing 905 Kukis and burnt down 360 Kuki villages. 
Since then, Kuki community has been observing September 13 every year as Black Day and as a mark of mourning, black colour flags were hoisted at almost every household in Kuki villages.
Kuki Inpi Manipur, the apex body of Kuki based civil society organization also submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister reminding Kukis’ appeal for justice to the victims of genocide before arriving at any agreement with the NSCN(I-M) currently engaged in peace talks.
They also reiterated their demand for legal settlement of the heinous crime on innocent Kukis including women, children by the NSCN (I-M) under the command of Th Muivah.
The legal settlement according to Kuki Inpi Manipur was that Th Muivah should surrender and face trial as per the Indian Penal Code or in the international court for his crime against humanity. The demands also include-- resettlement and restoration of 360 Kuki villages uprooted by NSCN (I-M), resettlement of more than 100,000 displaced Kuki villagers and a written assurance that any possible settlement with NSCN (I-M) shall not include or otherwise affect any Kuki village.
Taking part in one of the rallies staged in Imphal, Paotinthang Lupheng of Kuki Inpi Manipur said that “We, the Kuki people will no longer be mute spectators to the violation of our rights and ancestral territories by any entity.
Kuki Inpi will be “duty-bound” to consider other alternatives, if the government’s apathy and negligence persist concerning Kuki aspirations, he added.
Over 60 memoranda have been submitted to the Prime Minister’s office over the past 24 years, albeit without a single response or remedial action, he said.
During the rally, a giant black banner which read “First settle the issue... Before finalization of Indo-Naga framework agreement”.

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