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Will not attend session, reiterate Kuki-Zo MLAs

Aizawl: The ten Manipur legislators belonging to Kuki-Zomi-Hmar community reiterated on Friday that they will not attend the session of the Manipur legislative assembly summoned by the state governor Anusuiya Uikey to commence from Tuesday next.

One of the legislators Poulienlal Haokip told Zoram Chronicle that the 10 tribal MLAs including 7 BJP MLAs, will not attend the session in a mark of protest against criminal attacks against the Kuki-Zo community in a state sponsored pogrom targeting the minority tribal community by the majority Meitei community.

Haokip said that they cannot attend the session of the Manipur legislature also due to security reasons as Imphal city and the Imphal valley have become ‘valley of death’ not only for the Kuki-Zomi-Hmar community, but also for all the ethnic Mizo people, whether they are from Manipur or Mizoram or anywhere else.

“The Imphal valley is no longer safe even for the elected representatives belonging to the tribal community, as one of the Kuki-Zomi-Hmar legislators Vungzagin Valte, adviser to the Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh was waylaid, lynched and left to die by Meitei extremists on May 4, 2023 while returning from a meeting at the official residence of the Chief Minister,” he said.

He said that so far, no inquiry or arrest has been made while any progress of investigation is reported till date. “We do not want to repeat and face the same fate as our colleague underwent,” he said.

Valte is still in Delhi receiving medical treatment and still could not move around due to multiple injuries inflicted upon his body.

“Our official quarters and private residences in Imphal were either looted, attacked or burned by mobs,” another legislator said.

The streets and roads of Imphal and its surrounding valley are extremely dangerous for the tribal community, especially the Kuki-Zomi-Hmar tribal people as even identities of personnel of the paramilitary force on duty are not spared, they were checked and verified by the members of the Meira Paibis, he said.

Reacting to a news report in the media on Friday, which quoted CM Singh as saying that he has been in touch with the Kuki MLAs, the tribal legislators said that 10 Kuki-Zomi-Hmar have not been in touch with Singh since the communal outbreak in early May.

“At this politically critical juncture, we do not have any intention to communicate with CM N. Biren Singh. His claim of communicating with the Kuki-Zomi-Hmar may be a ploy to sow seeds of mistrust disunity between the 10 legislators and their people,” they said.  

The tribal legislators reiterated their demand for separate administration from the Manipur state government within the purview of the Indian Constitution in order to restore permanent peace and settlement. 

There has already been a clear geographic and demographic division between the majority Meitei community and the Kuki-Zo tribal community, they said. 

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