Manipur HC orders status quo on proposed burial site for Kuki-Zomi killed

The HC order was passed by Acting Chief Justice MV Muralidharan after a hearing at 6 am.

IMPHAL-    The Manipur High Court on Thursday directed that the status quo be maintained at the proposed burial site in Haolai Khopi village of Churachandpur district where the Kuki-Zo community had planned a burial service for 35 people who were killed in the ethnic strife.

The HC order was passed by Acting Chief Justice MV Muralidharan after a hearing at 6 am.

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Meanwhile, the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF), an organisation of the Kuki-Zo community, also agreed to conditionally postpone the burial for five days after requests from Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The Indigenous Tribal Leader Forum (ITLF) came up with a statement which stated, “the MHA requested us to delay the burial for 5 more days and that if we comply with that request we will be allowed to bury in the same location and the government will legalize the land for the burial”.

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It said “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:

1) The 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).

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2) All Meitei state forces should not be deployed in all hill districts for the safety of the Kuki-Zo communities.

3) 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).

4) Our political demand – total separation from Manipur should be speeded up.

5) The tribal jail inmates in Imphal should be transferred to other states for their safety”.


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