Kuki agitation defers by two days

NTIMES 15Nov: Kuki agitation defers by two days

LAMKA, November 14: The Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC) has deferred the mass movement or public blockade for two days in public interest due to ‘Ningol Chakouba’ festival on the request of different civil organisations of Manipur, according to The Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC). The “public blockade” will now be started from 5 pm of November 17 instead of November 15 evening.

Map: Corrected Kuki map issued by Kuki State Demand Committee.

“It has been resolved to proceed with the bandh indefinitely i.e. until the government of India gives a written assurance, that political dialogue between the government of India and the Kuki people represented by the Kuki State Demand Committee and Kuki militant organisations presently under Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with the government of India begins on a pre-determined date on Kuki political demand for a separate statehood,” said the KSDC today.

“Further resolved, that the Kuki people, led by KSDC, will launch ‘Quit Kuki Lands’ movement against Indiaif timely heed is not paid to the democratic demands of the Kuki people,” said the KSDC.It then dismissed the proposed Kuki state map appeared in Imphalbased newspapers yesterday. The KSDC said that map is a misrepresentation and does not reflect the Kuki territories fully.”As can be seen from the political statement in the memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister, Kuki territories, in addition to Sadar Hills, Chandel and Churachandpur autonomous districts, from some areas of which about 350 Kuki villages had been forcibly evicted during the NSCN-IM led Kuki genocide of the 1990s and has not been resettled despite the Kukis incessant petitioning the government to initiate resttlement process. These, together with numerable existing villages covering substantial chunk of the land in these three districts from traditional Kuki territories long before the birth of the Indian state.

“In the light of the above, the KSDC feels it is important to redress the public misinformation affected by such map which has no authentication from us. We could therefore appeal your esteemed paper to publish the correct map of Kuki territories which we hereby enclosed,” said the KSDC. NNN/Mexn

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