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Manipur: Kuki-Zo tribes organize massive rally in Churachandpur, renew Union Territory demand

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Churachandpur, June 24: The Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF) organized a massive rally in Churachandpur on Monday morning, starting from Churachandpur Public Ground to Peace Ground near the Churachandpur Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office. The aim of the rally was to press the Government of India for a separate Union Territory with legislature status under Article 239A of the Indian Constitution to the hilly areas occupied by the people of Kuki-Zo community in Manipur.

Before the rally began, the public, including presidents of the Zomi Council, Kuki Inpi, Zo United, and leaders of various tribes, gathered at Churachandpur Public Ground. Leaders from Zo United, Kuki Inpi Manipur, Zomi Council, and ITLF addressed the assembly. The rally was flagged off by Zomi Council General Secretary Pauneihlal Vaiphei.

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The rally proceeded along Tipaimukh Road, IB Road, and then Tedim Road, eventually reaching The Wall of Remembrance near the DC Office at Peace Ground. A memorandum addressed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah was submitted through DC Churachandpur, Dharun Kumar.

Participants carried banners and placards with messages such as “Expedite A Political Solution for the Kuki Zo People,” “No Political Solution, No Peace,” “Forced Union With Meiteis Won’t Last,” and “Ensure Justice, Peace Will Then Follow.”

Paulienlal, MLA from Saikot, stated, “If the government wants peace, it has to come and find peace here. We have been knocking at the doors of various central authorities in our quest for peace, but it has been elusive.”

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A young boy from Jiribam, identified as Siamlian, also participated in the rally. His father, Lallianmuang, was reportedly abducted on June 6, 2024, in Jiribam by militants. Siamlian appealed for justice for his father, claiming he witnessed the abduction.

In the memorandum submitted to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the ITLF reiterated their political demands for the Kuki-Zo people in Manipur. The memorandum expressed gratitude for the renewed efforts to curb violence in Manipur and restore peace, while emphasizing the demand for Union Territory status with a legislature under Article 239A of the Indian Constitution.

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