IMPHAL- The Zomi Council Steering Committee (ZCSC) has submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister, addressing the issue of militarization at the Moreh Border Trade Centre and advocating for an immediate political solution for the Zo people (Zomi-Kuki-Mizo). The memorandum raises concerns about the discriminatory and genocidal actions of the Manipur Government.
The memorandum highlights the Manipur Government’s disparate treatment of its citizens based on ethnicity, drawing attention to the swift response to the recent killing of a Meitei police officer, with the Chief Minister offering condolences, announcing compensation, and promising employment for the bereaved family. In contrast, the government remained silent regarding the Zo police officer, Onkhomang Haokip, who was shot dead while in uniform by a Meitei militant sniper.
The document also points out the communal mindset of the State Forces, particularly the Manipur State Commandos, and their presence in Zomi and Kuki areas, leading to violence. It discusses the tension and insecurity caused by the forced deployment of these State Forces in Moreh.
In the interest of peace and national security, the memorandum calls for the replacement of the communally-tainted State Forces with Central Forces in Moreh. It also requests the deployment of qualified and experienced administrators and Superintendents of Police from the Zo people in certain districts for efficient administration and handling of law and order issues.
The memorandum concludes by urging the expedited political talks with Zomi and Kuki groups under Suspension of Operation (SoO) and considering the Zo people’s demand for a Union Territory with a Legislature. It argues that the discriminatory policies, communal attitudes, and genocidal actions of the State of Manipur justify this demand.