Twenty-four Kukis, including renowned social worker Reverend S Prim Vaiphei, were 'evicted' from their homes in New Lambulane, Imphal under orders of the state Home department in the intervening night of September 1 and 2.
In a signed statement, Rev Prim Vaiphei and Hejang Kipgen of New Lambulane said, a team of uniformed armed forces claiming to be acting under directions from the Home department came to New Lambulane and forcibly evicted the last remaining residents of the last Kuki locality in Imphal from their homes.
The statement further said, 24 of them, including the two signatories, were not given time to even pack their belongings and were literally herded into the waiting Casper bullet proof vehicles. Many of them were woken up from sleep and pulled by the arms into the vehicles with only the clothes they were wearing.
"We express our strong displeasure at this high-handed abduction like forcible evacuation executed against our will. We regret that a country like India is unwilling to ensure the life and security of its citizens at the place of their residences, succumbing to the intimidation of chaotic forces trying to destroy the society and the state," the statement added.
Meanwhile, Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) have hailed the 'evacuation' which completes 'total separation' of the Kukis and the Meiteis.
IFP Kangpokpi Correspondent adds: The last 24 Kuki volunteers who were holed up in New Lambulane of Imphal guarding the homes and properties of Kukis had been evacuated safely by security forces on Friday evening, according to Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM).
KIM then requested the Government of India to expedite "meaningful and honorable" political dialogue with the UPF and KNO under Suspension of Operations for justice, peace, and lasting solutions as it strongly reiterated its demand for a separate administration.
KIM Information and Publicity Secretary, Janghaolun Haokip said that with this last evacuation there is now a "total separation of the Kukis and the Meiteis, he asserted.
"The only viable solution to the ongoing state-sponsored ethnic cleansing against the Kuki people lies in the total separation of the two communities, the process of which has been completed in the aftermath of the evacuation of the remaining Kuki volunteers in Imphal last night," he added.
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