All set for Kuki Black Day observance
CCPUR,10th Sep: Preparation for observance of Sahnit-Ni (Kuki Black Day) from September 11 has been made in Churachandpur district. The Kuki Black Day will be observed for three days in Churachandpur starting Tuesday, committee spokesperson Lalkhohau Haokip told media persons and appealed all for extending their support and cooperation.
The committee functionary also said that appeal letters have been sent to all village chiefs and Church leaders for their cooperation and urged civil society organisations not to organise any programme except relating to Sahnit-Ni from September 11 to 13. He also informed that three memorial stones having names of 1154 Kukis killed during the ethnic conflict in the 90s will be installed on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a statement of the committee said that September 13 marks the darkest day in Kuki history when on that day in 1993, NSCN (IM) cadres slaughtered more than 115 innocent Kuki civilians as part of their ethnic cleansing progrom at Kuki villages. The genocide resulted in torching of 350 Kuki villages with massacre of Kukis including women and children using fatal weapons. It also said that the then government allowed the ethnic cleansing to drag on for five years.
The committee then asked as to why the Government of India is denying justice to Kukis over the killing of more than 1000 Kukis and why perpetrators of the genocide including Th Muivah are not brought to justice but engaged in talks. The committee also blamed both state and Central governments for not heeding to the demands of Kuki for securing their safety and dignity through self governance of their territories.