Kukis observe 25th ‘Black Day’

Kukis observe 25th ‘Black Day’
A rally to mark the Kuki Black Day in Moreh of Tengnoupal district on Thursday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 13 | Publish Date: 9/13/2018 10:57:52 AM IST

Kuki National Organization (KNO) on Thursday threatened to go back to jungles if the government failed to respond on their demands in the next round of peace talks.

KNO is one of the two umbrella bodies of several Kuki based militant groups maintaining tripartite suspension of operation (SoO) truce with Centre and Manipur government. 

“We will not hesitate to go back to the jungle if no concrete response is received from the government of India regarding our demands in the next round of peace talks,” KNO president PS Haokip told media persons on the occasion to mark the 25th “Kuki Black Day (Sahnit-Ni)”, in memory of those who were allegedly killed in the genocide by NSCN (I-M) during 1992-1997.

Haokip said that KNO will never endorse the formation of territorial council. The only demand of the KNO was a formation of a separate state for the Kukis, he said. Formation of territorial council was agreed in the talks during the then UPA government at the Centre. 

After the BJP-led NDA government came to power, it was decided to further the talks.

“For this the Centre had appointed interlocutor and talks has already been initiated. In the latest talks, KNO had submitted its 45-point charter of demands to the Central government,” he said. 

“Government of India was considering their (NSCN-IM’s) demand. At this stage, why should Centre not come up with a positive response on our demands”, Haokip added. 

Alleging that Centre was yet to take up step to deliver justice to the victims of NSCN (I-M)’s genocidal campaign against the Kuki, he asked why Centre was remaining silent till date.

Haokip alleged that government used to pay compensation to the victims of any tragedy or any other natural disasters but had failed to compensated the victims of the alleged genocidal act of the NSCN (I-M). 

Further, the KNO president clarified that they were not against the “Nagas but against the act of the NSCN (I-M) led by Th Muivah”. 

Meanwhile, Kukis across the state hoisted black flag in their respective houses to mark the occasion.

The main observance function was held at Kuki Inpi Churachandpur campus at Tuibong, Churachandpur where thousands of Kukis from across the state took part.

Leaders of Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM), KNO and UPF who talked on the occasion said that the observation of the day was not against any particular community but to seek justice to the victims of the genocide.


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