Kukis to take out ‘Peaceful protest rally’ against NSCN (IM)

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IMPHAL, June 30: “The Kukis under the aegis of the Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) will hold a peaceful protest rally July 4, 2014 to air grievances over the lackadaisical attitude of the Government of India towards the plight of the Kukis who had endured the criminal and genocidal acts of the NSCN-IM in the 1990s,” said a press release from KIM.

It said the rally will be carried out in Imphal and other places in the hill districts including, Moreh, Tengnoupal, Kangpokpi, Saikul, Churachandpur, Jiribam/Phaitol, Mongneljang Ukhurl Dist. and Imphal.

“The Government of India’s glaring apathy and negligence towards the plight of the Kuki people who terribly suffered against terrorism of NSCN-IM during 1990-1997 has become an issue of retrospection whether justice exists or not.”

“During the course of the NSCN-IM’s genocide pogrom, the Government of India had remained a mute spectator when the NSCN-IM murdered 905 innocent Kukis, including children, women, invalids and the old aged; uprooted 360 villages to snatch way their lands; and displaced 1,00,000 people who are still unable to go back to their own villages,” it claimed.

The statement said that the Kukis have urged the government of India to first settle the grievances or the plights of the Kukis before any possible agreement is reached with the NSCN-IM.

“The crime of the NSCN-IM should be examined in a proper Court of Law in the country and the perpetrators of the crime must be punished to the satisfaction of all concerns,” it demanded.

“Lest, whatever agreement proposed with the NSCN will become the cause of violence and unrest, and the government shall be responsible.”

“All the able bodied men, women, the young and old of the Kuki people are required to participate in the rally to show our solidarity in the demand for justice long denied to us,” it called upon the Kukis.

The Kuki Inpi has appealed for cooperation and support from all CSOs of the Kuki people.

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