Churachandpur: The Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) on Thursday submitted a letter to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah for consideration of demands for the Kuki-Zo tribals of Manipur.
The letter sent through the Headquarter 27 Sector Assam Rifle of Lamka (Churachandpur) laid out 5 key demands that included total separation from Manipur state.
ITLF in the letter said it had a long deliberation on the request of the Home Minister to delay the burial for another 5 days with various stake- holders. We have agreed to consider the request of the Ministry of Home Affairs for waiting another 5 days for the burial, provided the following demands are met:
- Legalisation of the burial site in S. Boljang of Churachandpur, Manipur (Dag No. 2022, 2025, 2161 and 2162 of 98-Torbung Lourup of Churachandpur district).
- All Meitei state forces should not be deployed in all hill districts for the safety of the Kuki-Zo communities.
- As the burial will be delayed, the dead bodies of the Kuki-Zo communities that are lying in Imphal should be brought to Lamka (Churachandpur).
- Our political demand – total separation from Manipur should be speed up.
- The tribal jail inmates in Imphal should be transfer to other states for their safety.
It may be noted that point 2. demand All Meitei state forces should not be deployed in all hill districts for the safety of the Kuki-Zo communities, is for the Kuki dominated districts of Manipur especially Churachandpur and Kangpokpi districts which have been the epicenter of the conflict in Manipur hills. There are 16 districts in Manipur state.