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Manipur: Kuki Inpi announces 12-hour shutdown in Kuki-Zo dominated areas on July 10

This was decided in an emergency meeting of the organization held on Tuesday.

IMPHAL-  Kuki Inpi, the traditional governing body of the Kukis in Manipur, has called for a 12-hour shutdown in Kuki-Zo-dominated areas of the state from 6 am to 6 pm on Wednesday in protest against the arrest of two Kuki-Zo village volunteers in the Jiribam district on Tuesday.

This was decided in an emergency meeting of the organization held on Tuesday. “Total shut down in all Kuki-Zo dominated regions on July 10 from 6 am to 6 pm to protest against the gross injustice meted out to our people,” Kuki Inpi secretary (information and publicity) Janghaolun Haokip said in a statement here on Tuesday.

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“The Kuki Inpi also urged all regional organizations to abide by this response to express solidarity for the common cause of our people – the fight against the unlawful opposition, subjugation and persecution of our people, our legitimate demand for Union Territory with the legislature for the Kuki-Zo people,” the statement said.

“Further, Kuki Inpi resolves to issue a clarion call to all the Kuki-Zo people to fight against the injustices if the issue of this discriminate arrest further evolves against the common wishes and desires of the Kuki-Zo people,” he stated.

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Considering the arrest of two civilians and ill-treatment of women and children during the operation conducted by the central forces along with the state forces in Phaituol, Tamenglong on July 8, and the firing of L Hengjol, Jiribam, on July 9, leading to the arrest of three Kuki-Zo Village volunteers, the Kuki Inpi Manipur had an emergency meeting on these incidents.

Of the two arrested, one is said to be a juvenile from Phaitol village while the other has been identified as Kaplal Singson (35) s/o Thangkhosem of Phaitol village.

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They were suspected to be Kuki militants and were involved in the attack and were arrested in the search operation.

The arrested persons were later handed over to Tamenglong district police along with three single-barrel guns seized from their possession as the area falls under Tamenglong district.

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