TODAY -

Targeting of Nagas, Meiteis, Paites, Tamils at Moreh spelt out in petition
Excesses of Kuki militants since 90s laid before MHRC
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 11 2023: Even as the present crisis is nowhere near its end, a long sheet/history of gross human rights violations, extortion, and targeted killing of people belonging to certain communities by the armed Kuki militants since early 1990s has surfaced in the Court of Manipur Human Rights Commission.

This long sheet of "communal violence borne as a result of armed Kuki militants' atrocities" surfaced when two law students filed a petition with the Manipur Human Rights Commission, which took up the case on September 4 .

A division bench of the MHRC comprising Chairperson Justice UB Saha and Member KK Singh heard the petition, and it has directed the Superintendent of Police of Tengnoupal district to submit a status report pertaining to a 2007 case registered with Moreh police station.

Copies of the pages of the petition, available with The Sangai Express, detail years, dates and atrocities perpetrated by the armed Kuki militants such as the KRA, short for Kuki Revolutionary Army, that fuelled communal violence/clashes in Manipur's Moreh, neighbouring Myanmar.

The law students, in their complaint to the MHRC, stated that the present communal clash in Manipur that started on May 3 is not the first, and many such clashes have occurred in Manipur, specially in Moreh where armed Kuki militants have a large presence.

The petitioners stressed that several communal clashes have taken place in Manipur, all involving Kukis as one of the parties.

Communal clashes have occurred between Kukis and Nagas, Kukis and Tamils, Kukis and Paites, and Kukis and Meiteis several times since the early 1990s, said the petitioners.

In 1992, the petition said the Kuki National Army (KNA) served a quit notice to the Nagas to leave Moreh which resulted in a communal clash between the Kukis and the Nagas.

The petition said amid the heightened tension at the time, one Tangkhul civilian named Khayao, who was married to a Meitei woman, was killed by the KNA at Moreh town, and this led to the spread of the communal violence to other districts.

Many Naga villagers who fled Moreh to save their lives could not return to their respective villages and all the abandoned Naga villages were taken over by the Kukis, said the petition.

Giving another account, the petitioners highlighted that on June 6, 1995, a Tamil man who worked in the 'Money Exchange Market' was killed after being abducted by Kuki militants for ransom.

Thirteen persons including seven Tamil civilians and two Meitei civilians were killed and 25 others sustained injuries during the communal violence.

The communal tension forced many Tamils to flee to Myanmar.

On November 4, 1997, three Paite persons were killed by Kuki miscreants at Moreh, which was then under Chandel district.

With their lives threatened, around 116 Paite persons fled to Myanmar, said the petition stressing that the Meitei community at the time facilitated the safe return of the Paites to Manipur (India) .

The Paites were evacuated to Churachandpur with the help of the local police.

The land belonging to the Paite community including the biggest pharmacy at the time located at Moreh town were taken over by the Kukis.

The petition continued that on June 3, 2007, Yumnam Roshan Meitei--a 22-year-old resident of Moreh Ward No 7 was shot dead by armed Kuki militants near the Community Variety Market at Moreh.

Communal violence erupted and altogether 12 persons including 5 Meitei men from Khurai area namely Soibam Itomcha, Likmabam Bungcha, Likmabam Bungo, Oinam Nilamani and Yanglem Pikpa Singh were killed.

In the communal tension of 2007, 528 residents of Moreh including 71 Tamils fled to Myanmar due to fear of getting killed.

The petition noted that in connection with the violence, a case was registered with Moreh police station under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Arms Act.

Moreover, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the leaders of the Meitei community and the Government of Manipur.

Significantly, the copy of the petition available with The Sangai Express revealed that the points under the MoU coincidentally include a popular demand that resonates even today during the present crisis, i.e.the removal/shifting of the Assam Rifles.

The points under MoU are as follows: 1) consider shifting of the 24 Assam Rifles from Moreh after consultation with the Chief Minister; .

(2) Deployment of State security forces at Moreh town; and.

(3) Entrusting the responsibility of investigation into the circumstances leading to the incident and other previous similar cases with the civil police.

The petitioners further informed that in July 2010, Kuki militants allegedly attempted to abduct the leaders of Meetei Council Moreh (MCM) .

On July 16, 2010, a meeting was held at the Moreh Trade Centre among the representatives of MCM, then Deputy Commissioner H Dilip, then Superintendent of Police K Radheshyam, CO of 31 Assam Rifles Ravroop.

The meeting resolved that (i) Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Moreh would report every criminal incident that occurred in and around Moreh to the law and order enforcing authority of the district; (ii) to ensure initiation of action by the law and order enforcing authorities to any crime reported in public interest and deal the same as per law of the land; and (iii) to call off indefinite bandh imposed by the MCM and other civil society organizations.

The petitioners continued that on August 18, 2015, Kuki miscreants allegedly started pelting stones at the Meitei people who were taking out a rally at Moreh in support of the demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) System in Manipur.

Goods and properties belonging to the Meitei community worth over Rs 1 crore were damaged and more than 100 vehicles were vandalised.

Indefinite curfew was clamped and subsequently, the Manipur Government compensated Rs 2.3 crore to repair damaged properties and for resettlement.

The petitioners contended that in all the cases, the victims were killed by the Kuki militants in cold blood, and not a single statement of any of the individual(s) who witnessed either the abduction or the killing has been recorded.

The suffering of the families who lost their children at the hands of the Kuki militants remain severe and no justice has been delivered to them till date.

Even though FIRs have been registered at the police station, no proper investigation has been done, and not a single criminal prosecution has begun despite, said the petitioners.

All these unpursued cases have resulted in exoneration, and over the years, a feeling of absolute immunity has developed in the minds of the perpetrators.

The series of unchecked violence over the decades have also reinforced a belief among the Kuki miscreants that they can kill, torture and burn down houses of members of Meitei community or any other communities and get away with it, claimed the petitioners.

"The Kuki miscreants or perpetrators, who were involved in such heinous crimes, are still at large, have no fear of any prosecution or deterrence of law, and therefore, they are persistently indulging in communal violence without any hesitation till today," said the petitioners, asking the Manipur Human Rights Commission for appropriate actions on the numbers of cases they put before it.

After hearing the counsel of the petitioners, the Commission asked the Commissioner (Home), Government of Manipur to direct the Superintendent of Police of Tengnoupal to submit a status report pertaining to the investigation into the 2007 Moreh case, and listed the matter for further hearing on October 3 .


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




HEADLINES - 12, SEP 2023
  • 9/11 : Fitting tributes paid to Yambem Jupiter
  • Meitei rape victim recalls ordeal
  • Sans Govt help, victim just exists !
  • Rongmei volunteers caution KNF (Z)
  • Press jackets only for bonafide scribes : Government
  • Mobilise MLAs mission continues : 23 MLAs sign to protect Manipur's integrity
  • Clarification demanded for opposing move to claim body of Yengkhom Jiten
  • Student Induction Programme kicks off
  • Locals demand permanent IRB Post at Pallel
  • Ramakrishna Mission provides weaving looms to relief camp
  • Milan transforms into mini NE India for fashion extravaganza
  • Many condemn AR's excessive use of force
  • Air India Express arrives in Imphal
  • Skill development training programme begins
  • If it commits to protecting lives, Govt can curb violence within a week, says former CM
  • MMWO condemns assault on cop
  • Withdraw AR: COCOMI Women Wing
  • Woman rescued : PCR
  • Ex-MLA RK Anand shares thought on present crisis
  • CFJM condemns AR for 'disproportionate and excessive use of force'
  • There is political instability in the Biren led Govt: Former Law Minister
  • Maring Uparap Assembly appeals
  • Surrender if administration entrusted to CSOs: Ibobi to Govt
  • CM, MLAs sign pact to shield Manipur
  • Air India Express lands in state for first time
  • Meitei, Kuki boys combine to help India lift SAFF trophy
  • MMWO: Pangals don't need Chin-Kukis' permission
  • Governor stresses importance of organ donation
  • Body accuses KNF of provoking Rongmei village
  • COCOMI sticks to demand for removal of AR
  • Skill training prog begins, workshop on 'Khongjom Parva' ends
  • Rotary Club, Lions Club honour teachers
  • 'Atrocities towards Meeteis signifies statelessness
  • Sub-contractors warn of project shutdown
  • CFJM demands judicial probe into Pallel incident
  • Aid extended to victims of Pallel incident
  • NEIFT celebrates NE India Festival at Milan
  • Biden urged to address Manipur issues at G20 summit
  • LJP condemns AR, slams retired major
  • Insurgent groups urged to hold political dialogue
  • Shutdown of Central Govt institutions begins
  • Aid extended to village volunteers, camp inmates
  • Protest launched against deployment of central forces
  • Sargam celebrates 31st foundation day
  • Drivers' Union plea to Govt
  • IRCS, Meira Paibi representatives meet Governor
  • Awardee teacher RK Romila feted
  • Assam Rifles units seize areca nuts, plant tree saplings
  • LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Anti-Repression Day @ MDU #2 : Gallery
  • Violence in Manipur 2023-2024 : Timeline
  • Gossiping: Safety valve of social pressure
  • Gritty Filmmaker RK Kripa no more
  • Internal stigma is out of shadow at AIDS 2024
  • Climate preview at COP 29
  • 9th Brahmaputra Film Fest invite entry
  • Current existence of the people
  • Is US ready for first female President ?
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #11
  • SoO pact towards disintegration of Manipur
  • Logical curriculum is the need of the hour
  • Prodigal Ambani shaadi
  • Marks Vs Skills in today's world
  • Taking ST demand to the Assembly
  • Good intention, bad action
  • My daily prayer to Modi Bhagwan
  • Voting & Development : A new strategy
  • More infection-prevention options but...
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Sekmaijin
  • Job Openings at SAS Skills, Imphal
  • The Power of Poppy - 40 :: Poem
  • Manipur Kanba Khongchat #3 : Gallery
  • Compassion, empathy can restore peace
  • Totomsana Nongshaba to be inaugurated
  • Putting people first means following Gandhi
  • Assessment of cage culture on Maphou
  • Hotspots of trouble in North East India
  • Seeking a date with PM Modi
  • Puja Khedkar case: Opening the can of worm
  • Re-Interpretation of Subika Art of Manipur
  • International Day of Yoga #2 : Gallery
  • India refugee policy: Rohingyas Vs Chin-Kuki
  • Haats (Weekly Markets) of Guwahati
  • Shillong gears up to host Durand Cup
  • Lip care during Monsoon
  • Gaikhangam in his elements, again
  • The death of a Chiru man
  • Anti-Repression Day @ MDU #1 : Gallery
  • You are wrong, but it's okay
  • Growing call for 100-100-100 to end AIDS
  • Pelvis as the body's emotional junk drawer!
  • World Youth Skills Day & our environment
  • Insanity at its worst
  • 55 kms per day on Imphal-Jiri stretch
  • Justice Kotiswar: First among equals
  • Kang Chingba @Govindajee #2 : Gallery
  • Introducing Thang-Ta in school curriculum
  • N Kotiswar - Judge Supreme Court of India
  • Meitei Professors' Invention Patent [Upd]
  • Boeing crisis hits India, air fares to shoot up
  • Scholarship: Rs 4 crore for civil service
  • Out on the streets against extortions
  • Mandate against party-hopping
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #10
  • Bamboo Bio-toilets at Champu Kangpok
  • Decarbonisation for human survival
  • Book Release to promote physical education
  • "ST status for Meetei" @ Langmeidong
  • Condemns the Killing of CRPF Jawan
  • Rahul Ji, let us talk solution
  • Targeting Central security personnel
  • The monster outgrowing its creator
  • Aftermath of Imphal Flooding #2 : Gallery
  • World Plastic Surgery Day 2024
  • A new front of 'power politics' in Nagaland
  • 2nd Meghalaya Pineapple Fest at Delhi
  • Super 20 batch for UPSC 2025 announced
  • Why is PM not meeting Manipur leaders ?
  • Justice to displaced people
  • Imphal Art College Exhibition #1 : Gallery
  • Scholarship for Johnstone Hr Sec given
  • Will #PutPeopleFirst drive HIV response?
  • Open Letter to Amit Shah, Home Minister
  • The Power of Poppy - 39 :: Poem
  • World Population Day 2024
  • Beating of the Retreat #3 : Gallery
  • Liar's lair :: Poem
  • The Richest Man in Imphal
  • Gamcha, the Assamese Scarf
  • Meghalaya Govt launches OTT platform
  • Comprehensive Coverage in NE Telecom
  • Battered and tattered roads
  • Let there be transparency
  • Kanglei Thokpa @ Sagol Kangjei : Gallery
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2024 #3: Gallery
  • Historic Premiere: 'Chilli Chicken' at Manipur
  • Effective Unified Command for Resolution
  • Music & Quiz: Drug Abuse amongst youth
  • Visionless and headless DMU
  • When is the right time & situation for PM visit
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #37: Download
  • Inspirations from Scientists of Manipur: Book
  • Manipur crisis: Treat the disease, not symptom
  • 133rd Durand Cup Trophies Flags Off
  • NEET droppers vs freshers
  • Death : Only future to look at ?
  • Mental health of displaced people
  • Aftermath of Imphal Flooding #1 : Gallery
  • When was the last time we smiled ?
  • Appeal to Stop Unbearable Monetary Demand
  • 'Oppenheimer' links with Supreme Science
  • 'Preventing from holding a press conference'
  • Travel tips during Monsoon
  • Look at it via ground reality
  • Making the 'Balak Buddhi' wiser
  • Kang Chingba @Govindajee #1 : Gallery
  • Release Ebo Mili & Stop large dams in ArP
  • Rainforests are the lungs of Earth
  • Education suffering from political interference
  • Inflated bill main vote plank, law dont cut graft
  • From the Lok Sabha to Manipur
  • Third visit of Rahul
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #9
  • International Day of Yoga #1 : Gallery
  • Lord Jagannatha's processional chariot fest
  • World Zoonoses Day 2024
  • PM 'bola' in Parliament
  • Acknowledging the stand of UNC
  • Embracing tree plantation as a new trend
  • 17th N Tombi Equestrian C'ships #2 : Gallery
  • The spirit & the creed of the Olympics
  • Kang Chingba (Rath Yatra) : Book
  • 'Economic blockade: Rumors baseless'
  • The Power of Poppy - 38 :: Poem
  • Balancing children's academic performance
  • Imphal flooded (again) [Jul 3] #2 : Gallery
  • Covid, Ngari, Yu and Loktak
  • Rural people struggling with network problem
  • English certificate courses for BA student
  • 6th July is International Day of Cooperatives
  • Clogging the waterways with plastics
  • Diverting public attention from core issues
  • Manipur Kanba Khongchat #2 : Gallery
  • Gateway of Assam
  • Integrating GIS & EWS for flood management
  • The Dopamine overdose
  • Free workshop on civil service exams
  • Bucket of cold water after a hot shower
  • Breaking the silence
  • Imphal flooded (again) [Jul 3] #1 : Gallery
  • Embracing 'Sharra - Kashar-ot'
  • Drug abuse & illicit trafficking in Manipur
  • Nudity being served to increase followers
  • Record high temperature
  • Bangladesh FM Hasan Mahmud's Riyadh visit
  • Indigenous call for NRC
  • Come home to the electorates
  • Meiteis must unite for survival
  • Flood advisories issued
  • State & District Control Rooms
  • Green Hydrogen for a clean environment
  • Need for an Emergency
  • Monsoons beauty
  • Calling out the indifference of Delhi
  • Questioning the silence with a roar
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #8
  • Problem & prospect of floriculture in Manipur
  • WomenLeaders India Fellowship 2024-25
  • Naga Peace Talks and Narasimha Rao
  • Arunachal Minister visits Oil Palm @Godavari
  • Clear cut stand from the Nagas
  • Crisis resolution in 100-day plan ?
  • Great June Uprising @Kekrupat #2 : Gallery
  • Manipur: A battleground of imperial geopolitics
  • Wangkhem Suresh @ Higher Defence Course
  • Shoppers Stop's 1st Store in Dimapur
  • Stop razing rail station, divert 25k Cr to Signal
  • Has Imphal completely lost the plot ?
  • Time to take responsibility
  • Tarpon chaklen katpa @ Andro #3 : Gallery
  • July Calendar for Year 2024 : Tools
  • Letter to Prime Minister of India
  • International Day of Parliamentarism
  • Skill Development Course at Lumshnong
  • The Power of Poppy - 37 :: Poem
  • Radio E-pao: Manipuri Film OST (130+ song)
  • Manipur Kanba Khongchat #1 : Gallery
  • Rally @ Jiribam [June 26] : Gallery
  • Panthoibi Phijol Hongba @Mandalay : Gallery
  • Indo-Naga Talks (From 2012) :: Timeline
  • Great June Uprising @Kekrupat #1 : Gallery
  • Ema Panthoibi Phijol Hongba at Mandalay
  • Ibudhou Cheng Hongba #1 : Gallery
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #3 : Gallery
  • Aid to relief camps @ Jiribam : Gallery
  • Bike Rally - Sekmai to Kangla : Gallery
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #2 : Gallery
  • Scientist of Manipur: Laishram Shanta
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #3 : Gallery
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #1 : Gallery
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #2 : Gallery
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #1 : Gallery
  • HSLC (Class X) 2024 : Full Result
  • HSLC 2024 : Important Info & Grading System
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Private Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Aided Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Govt Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Statistical Abstract
  • HSLC 2024 : Comparative Statement
  • Scientist of Manipur: Jayanta Manoharmayum
  • Scientist of Manipur: Amom Ruhikanta
  • Preserving Thang-Ta :: Rare Photos
  • Malemnganbi Laishram : Science Topper
  • Thokchom Sheityajit : Arts Topper
  • Aiena Naorem : Commerce Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Science Topper
  • HSE 2024 : Subject Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : District Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : Candidates with Highest Marks
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Science Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Arts Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Commerce Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Arts Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Commerce Topper
  • Nupi Landa Thaunaphabishing : Full Book
  • A ferocious hailstorm @Imphal : Gallery
  • Scientists of Manipur : Ngangkham Nimai
  • GHOST of PEACE :: Download Booklet
  • List of Kings of Manipur: 33 - 1984 AD