2 Kuki Zo groups say looking forward to HM Amit Shah’s visit to Manipur

New Delhi: INC delegation led by Kharge to call on President Murmu on Monday regarding situation in Manipur

BY | Monday, 29 May, 2023
ZO Reunification Organisation (ZORO) rally in Aizawl demanding for all Zo ethnic groups under a single administration

The United People’s Front and the Kuki National Organisation, which work for the welfare of the Kuki Zo community in Manipur, on Sunday said the killing of innocent people in ethnic violence has caused immense hurt and unless peace is restored quickly, it will have a detrimental effect on the region.

In a statement, the two organisations said they are looking forward to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s forthcoming visit to Manipur.

“The killing of innocent Kuki Zo lives caused by spiralling rounds of ethnic tension has caused immense hurt. Unless peace is restored and justice meted out quickly, it will have detrimental effect for the people of the region. The irreparable loss of our beloved brothers and sisters has caused us intolerable pain,” the statement said.

Paying homage to those killed in the ongoing ethnic clashes in the northeastern state, the United People’s Front and the Kuki National Organisation said the peace-loving Kuki Zo tribe has been forced to protect innocent lives when attacked by “armed mobs supported by various agencies with vested interests”.

“We acknowledge the deployment of central forces in troubled areas as a positive step to safeguard our community from further attacks,” they said.

Now that the Union home minister is visiting Manipur for three days for an on-the-spot study of the situation to find a solution to the ongoing ethnic clashes, the two organisations said they view the Centre’s initiative positively.

“This planned visit has given a sense of security among the Kuki Zo tribe. We look forward to his actions and directions to end this ongoing ethnic clashes between the two communities,” they said.

The organisations appealed to the Kuki Zo population to maintain peace and wait for the outcome of Shah’s peace mission to the state.

Addressing a programme in Assam recently, Shah had said he would soon go to Manipur on a three-day visit.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai had told a press conference in Imphal that Shah is scheduled to visit Manipur on May 29 to resolve the ongoing ethnic crisis.

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Opposition party, India National Congress on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the recent violence in Manipur, saying a horrific tragedy is unfolding there while the PM is obsessed about his “self-coronation”.

A delegation led by Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge will be calling on President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday morning regarding the situation in the state, according to party general secretary Jairam Ramesh.

He said 25 days after Manipur started burning, things turned from bad to worse on the eve of the long-awaited visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to Imphal.

“Despite Article 355 being imposed, there’s a total and complete breakdown of law and order and administration in the state,” Ramesh said on Twitter.

“It’s a horrific tragedy unfolding while the prime minister is obsessed about his self-coronation. Not a single appeal of peace issued by him nor has there been a genuine outreach to rebuild trust between communities,” he said in an apparent reference to the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Modi.

Earlier in the day, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said nearly 40 armed militants involved in torching houses and firing at civilians have been killed by security forces since they began an operation to bring peace to the northeastern state beset by ethnic rioting.

Separately, police officials on Sunday said at least two people were killed and 12 injured in different instances of firing upon civilians and clashes between militants and security forces since the early hours of the day.

Read more: Two killed,12 injured in Sunday’s firing, clashes in Manipur: police

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