Three-day observance of Kuki Black Day (Sahnit-Ni) commences
IMPHAL | Sept 11 : The three-day observance of the 25th Kuki Black Day (Sahnit-Ni) has commenced today at Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM), Churachandpur complex, Tuibong under the theme ‘Justice to Victim of Kuki Genocide’.
The function was organised by KIM and its frontal organisation in solidarity with the Kuki people around the world.
Three memorial stones which have epitaph of the names of the victims of the Kuki genocide were unveiled and floral tribute was given to the departed souls. Moreover, trumpet salutation and gun salute were also given during the function of unveiling the memorial stones.
On September 13, 1993, the NSCN (IM) allegedly massacred more than 115 innocent Kuki villagers in a despicable act of savagery and the gruesome massacre had shocked the whole world. A total of 1157 lives of innocent Kukis were killed, 360 Kuki villages were evicted and more than 1.5 lakhs of Kuki population were displaced from their homes by NSCN-IM from 1992 to 1997 and still today many have remained homeless and in destitute condition.
Speaking to media persons, chairman of Kuki Black Day Organising Committee, Letzamang Haokip said that it is very unfortunate that the Centre and the state government allowed the ethnic cleansing pogrom against Kuki community to drag on for five years by NSCN-IM which massacred thousands of innocent lives of Kukis including women and children.
He claimed it has reached 25 years of the mass massacre on a single day at Gelnel, Santing, Nungthut and Joupi but till today justice has not delivered. Instead, the government reasons with the culprits of genocide and doubts on the existence of the Kukis as loyal citizens of India, he added.
The chairman questioned, “Why is the government turning a blind eye to Kuki genocide, and a deaf ear to the Kuki’s appeals for justice and for securing their safety and dignity through self-governance of their territories?”
This year, the Kukis are also taking a pledge to uphold human rights, to continue the fight for justice and to secure their land and rights aside from the other rituals, added Letzamang.
On behalf of all the Kuki race, the chairmen urged all the right thinking and peace loving citizens of India and the world, the whole media of world, civil societies, policy-makers and government to bless and support for the cause for justice and humanity to promote progress, prosperity and peaceful co-existence with others.
A souvenir on Black Day (Sahnit-Ni) and a film on Kuki Black Day were also released during the first day of the three-day observance.
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