Ukhrul CSOs refute KNO, UPF’s Kukiland claims

UKHRUL, JUL 5 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/5/2019 12:40:11 PM IST

Strongly refuting the KNO and UPF’s claims of Kuki ancestral lands in the media, the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Ukhrul district have warned against creation of any so-called ‘Kuki Homeland’ in Naga territories in the state.

In a strong-worded press statement issued Friday evening, Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) General Secretary Vareinan Gachuiwoshi stated that the Tangkhul Naga CSOs have taken a serious note of the ‘baseless’ claims of Kuki ancestral land made by KNO & UPF spokespersons during a press interview on  June 25.
“Let it be known to the whole world that there is no ancestral land belonging to Kukis in all Naga districts of Manipur in general and in Tangkhul Naga Territory in particular. We stand by the fact that the only indigenous people in Manipur are Meities and Nagas,” he asserted.
Calling the idea of creation of a separate ”Kuki Homeland” or a ”Territorial Council for Kukis” in Manipur is as ‘something’ entirely based on concocted historical narratives replete with lies and false mythology, Gachuiwoshi said that creating a Kuki Homeland by carving out of Tangkhul Naga territory can never be allowed and will be dealt with resolutely in a manner ‘deemed fit by the people’.
In a categorical reference to Kukis as ‘nomads and refugees’ is as clearly recorded in many historical accounts, the TNL leader reaffirmed with the following accounts:
“Standing Order of President Manipur State Darbar (PMSD) issued by T A Sharp in his order reads: ‘Kukis in Naga Areas in Manipur are Aliens and Refugees” ( 9th Sept.1933). Standing order of PMSD No. 2 of 23rd July,1941 declared that: the Kukis shall obtain prior permission from the chief of Naga village for settlement and pay House tax to the Naga Chief. The Government of India agreed to grant relief fund or refugee fund to the Kukis under Memo. P3/9/66 of Finance Ministry of Home Affairs GUI and payment made to the Kukis by the state Govt. of Manipur vide Memo No. 01/R/RFL.(lst payment 22/04/1957,2nd payment 07/07/1959, 3rd payment 28/02/1966), 4th payment on 18.07.1968.”
The statement further mentioned that for the purpose of distributing refugee relief fund, a meeeting of all Kuki Chiefs was also convened on 15th May, 1968 and a five member committee was constituted in the name of “Kuki Refugees Relief Committee”. H.T. Pakang was the Chairman of the committee, while Thangkholu Haokip and Janghem Lunkim were the Vice Chaiman and General Secretary. Two others Haokholu Haokip and Hawlngam Haokip were its members.
It then questioned the motive behind the KNO and UPF claiming that Kukis have their ancestral land in the Naga districts of Manipur and not refugees. “In the face of the hard facts, the claim for Kuki Homeland is totally baseless, and bereft of historical factual records. They are nomads migrated from the then Burma. There are a number of books which have clearly recorded about the nomadic tribe of Kukis’ migration from the then Burma to Naga inhabited areas,”
CSOs of Tangkhul community have, of late, observed that Kukis in Tangkhul areas are increasingly emboldened and started claiming ownership of land for various reasons best known to them. “For instance, as recent as 08/06/2019 the chief of Chassad Kuki village notified in the media that he is the custodian of land stretching from Khokai to Chassad village since time immemorial and hence sale and purchase of land in the said land without his concern will be considered as encroachment of private property and any ongoing project or any construction works should be stopped immediately.
“We knew this was a baseless and unwarranted provocation aimed at disturbing the peaceful coexistence of the two communities, which should never ever be allowed to repeat,” it reminded.
It added that: “In the larger interest of maintaining peace and harmony between the two villages, the Sampui Village Authority had duly clarified that Sampui Tangkhul village is legally the rightful owner of the lands including Khoikai and Chassad Kuki village in Kamjong. In fact Chassad Kuki village is residing in the land under the ownership of Sampui Tangkhul Village. This has been proven not only by historical facts but by the Courts of law several times including High Courts order in connection with payment of land compensation in 2007 and 2010.”
Time and again, Tangkhul Naga Zingsho Longphang (TNZL) had also admonished the Chassad Kuki Village Authority to maintain peace and harmony between the villagers and not to create unnecessary situations that could cause enmity between the two communities, it recalled.

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