Kuki Inpi urges PM to settle Kuki struggle for justice’

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IMPHAL, June 15: The Kuki Inpi has submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi apprising him to settle the Kuki people’s struggle for justice over the “heinous criminal acts of the NSCN (I-M).”

The memorandum has said that 905 innocent Kuki citizens of India including women, some pregnant; babies and children, invalids and aged men and women were ‘murdered.’

In the memorandum, the Kuki Inpi has also said that 360 Kuki villages were uprooted and their lands seized; rendering 1,00,000 Kukis homeless, scattering them everywhere without any means of survival.

It further said “The five preceding Prime Ministers of India – Narasimha Rao, HD Gowda, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, IK Gujral and Dr Manmohan Singh,have been repeatedly requested to settle this inconceivable crimes committed by NSCN (I-M) before making any possible agreement with the perpetrators but to no avail.”

“They all failed to amicably settle such heinous crimes and bring justice to the Kuki people who are loyal citizens of the country. The stance of the Kuki Inpi has been repeatedly made clear to all that until an amicable settlement is arrived at in the proper court of law, whatever agreement made is futile and would never be acceptable.”

To this effect, over sixty memoranda have been submitted, it said, before expressing confidence that the Prime Minister would take due cognizance of the Kukis struggle for justice and amicable settlement.

“Any possible agreement with the NSCN (I-M) shall be deemed biased and prejudicial if the miserable plight of the Kuki people is not solved first.”

It has also mention that the government led by BJP under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee had the will to accord appropriate lawful action against the criminal acts of NSCN (I-M) when the Kuki Inpi delegation met him on July 21, 2001 at his Delhi Chamber in the presence of the then Home Minister LK Advani and other dignitaries, including Padmanabhaiah.

“After patiently hearing out our plights and reading our memorandum, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, verbally assured us that the BJP government would do everything possible to find out the facts and the ways and means to take action on the criminal acts of the NSCN (I-M), and with a promise he proclaimed, “This is an order!” which was heard by all, including the ten members “Lawyers Forum” from Manipur.”

“Unfortunately the BJP government fell from power soon after and the promise did not materialize.”

“Therefore, we believe strongly that this record-breaking current majority BJP Government of India finally would first settle the issue of the Kukis before making any short of final settlement with NSCN (I-M) whose criminal leaders remain scot free,” it said.

The memorandum also continued that Manmohan Singh on his maiden visit to Manipur in 2011 had met the Kuki Inpi leaders and on his return to New Delhi wrote a one-sentenced letter to the “Home Secretary”, stating “A letter dated 22-11-2011 received in this office from T. LUNKIM is forwarded herewith for action as appropriate”. But, so far no action is in view.

 

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