Major Kuki bodies namely Kuki Inpi Sadar Hills and Hmar Inpui General Headquarters have vehemently opposed the proposed location for designated camps of the UNLF(P) who had recently inked ‘Peace Agreement’ with the Government of India.
Information and Publicity Secretary of Kuki Inpi Sadar Hills (KISH) Thanglenhao Chongloi said that the government’s proposal is a cover-up of a “sinister stratagem to grab tribal land” and a game plan to openly pursue its campaign to annihilate the Kuki-Zo community.
“The Kuki-Zo people will fight tooth and nail against any attempts to use our land as a safe haven to shelter an outlawed terrorist group whose only intention is to wipe us off the face of Manipur and beyond”, he asserted.
“We want to remind the Central government that the Kukis are not a party to the agreement”, he asserted.
He also said that some recent events have raised alarming questions in the hearts and minds of the Kuki-Zo people as to if the ‘Peace Agreement’ was an orchestrated ploy to threaten the existence of Kuki-Zo community.
He maintained that the Kuki Inpi Sadar Hills remains committed to supporting peace, unity, and justice, and we stand firm in our position against any proposal that may threaten our lives and land at any cost.
While urging the authorities to act responsibly and consider the long-term consequences of their decisions, he said that unless corrective steps are taken on time, the entire Kuki-Zo community worldwide shall oppose the malicious agenda of the state government democratically to its logical conclusion.
Meanwhile, the Hmar Inpui General Headquarters also strongly opposed the proposal of a designated camp for the UNLF (P) in Jiribam district.
While urging the state government to reconsider this proposal, taking into account the delicate socio-political fabric of Manipur, the Hmar Inpui stated that the ongoing strife between Kukis and Meiteis demands a thoughtful and measured approach rather than introducing elements that could further polarize and aggravate tensions.
The Hmar Inpui, in solidarity with the Kuki-Zo-Hmar people, cautioned that such a decision will not be met with silence and the Kuki-Zo-Hmar community will actively resist any attempt to impose a UNLF (P) designated camp in their areas.