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Kukis observe ‘Black Day’ in Manipur
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Sep. 2010 1:34 AM IST
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Fasting and mourning for peace of souls for the victims of 1993-94 Naga-Kuki ethnic clash was performed across the Kuki inhabitant areas of Manipur as Kuki community observed Black Day today.
Black flags were hoisted in almost every Kuki households and daily activities were suspended with all the shops and markets remained close in the Kuki inhabitant areas of Churachandpur, Kangpokpi and Chandel areas.
A public meeting was held at Saikhul in Sadar Hills to pay respect to the hundreds killed on this day in 1993 under the banner Black Day Organisation Committee.
The Black Day is observed every year on September 13 in memory of 106 innocent men, women and children murdered in 1993 during the tumultuous period of the ethnic clash. Representatives of different organisations who spoke on the occasion appealed to all to avert such unfortunate incidents in future. Speakers also blamed the NSCN-IM, for the loss of life and property of many innocent Kuki people, mainly women, children and the aged.
Thousands of Kukis are now refugees because their land has been taken over by the Nagas. The consequence of the ‘Isaac & Muivah’ activities has not only affected the Kukis; it has also jeopardized the Naga movement, they said. Meanwhile, the head mason engaged in the construction of FCI godown at Ningthoupham kidnapped by suspected militants, was released unharmed, police source said.

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