There were alleged pieces of evidence that the massacre of the Kukis was premeditated long ahead due to many events occurring before that fateful day on May 3, 2023.
With the latest incident of violence, at least officially recorded 200 people were killed in the ongoing ethnic conflict in Manipur. The state has witnessed widespread violence between the Kuki and Meitei communities since May 3rd. While authorities claim peace is prevailing, the recent burst of violence reveals the pogrom is far from over.
Kukis are presently upset about the misrepresentation of them by the Imphal Valley news outlets now fully controlled by the Meiteis who keep mispresenting them as “Kuki terrorists” while the three youths killed were volunteers guarding their village. This also is done to tarnish their image and misrepresent them.
Min from Manipur tweeted indignantly, “I have tweeted multiple times about the Fake News coming from the Imphal Valley. Today’s incident and reporting by valley-based Fake News media is another example. They are no longer a media news outlet but a propaganda mouthpiece of the ruling dispensation in Manipur. I feel pity for the generations of Meiteis who will now have to consume the daily propaganda from these fake news factories. We the Kuki-Zo people are lucky because we will never have to deal with any of their fake news ever again. Bye Bye, Manipur Fakepur, and Long Live the Kuki-Zo Unity. #MeiteiLiesXposed”
Three Kukis killed in fresh violence in the Ukhrul district is called an unprovoked and intentional attack, called “government-sponsored.”
The deceased were volunteers guarding their village and have been identified as Jamkhogin Haokip (26), Thangkhokai Haokip (35), and Hollenson Baite (24). and the attack allegedly occurred in the presence of the Manipur Police Force and Assam Rifles. The three youths were shot multiple times while in their bunkers and one of them was even brutally mutilated.
Their names and pictures are shared below:
Their pics …💔😭 pic.twitter.com/5HlmaiOZI8
— Genev@stak (@GenevSuantak) August 18, 2023
This unfortunate incident occurred after three weeks of peace in the state.
Alleged Pieces of Evidence that the Kuki Massacre Was Premeditated
The Kuki-Zo Tribe members share a sequence of events leading to the May 3, 2023 pogrom that claimed nearly 200 of their lives:
i) In 2005, the Manipur Central Library, nestled in the heart of Imphal set into flames, brought down to ashes allegedly intentionally kindled by the Meiteis, seeking to obliterate the annals of Kuki history and wisdom, as the Kukis reiterate. Fortunately, the charred echoes of the Kukis’ records have not been completely obliterated and remain preserved within the hallowed halls of libraries in Delhi, Kolkata, and London, perhaps unknown to the destroyers that these records were also stored there.
ii) January of 2006 cast a shadow over the serene hills of Tipaimukh as seventeen Hmar Kuki women endured the unspeakable horrors of rape, orchestrated by Meitei militants, bearing witness to the darkness that human hearts can harbor.
The pages of time bear witness to the torment unleashed by the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) and the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), as they prey upon the villagers, their acts ranging from harassment to extortion.
On a fateful night, the 16th of January, darkness cloaked the skies as 18 Meitei militants, armed with weapons, descended upon Lungthulien. Merciless brutality followed, as 402 endured the agony of beatings and torture. Amidst this heart-wrenching panorama, 15 young girls and women, aged 12 to 27, faced the unspeakable as they became victims of rape and molestation. In the wake of this unspeakable horror, the dawn of January 17 witnessed a collective exodus. Terrified and scarred, men, women, and children fled to the sanctuary offered by Mizoram. A haven at Sakawrdai, where the embrace of the Mizoram government cradled their shattered spirits, now shelters around 650 souls.
As the stories of despair unfolded, another chapter emerged, etched in the horrors of Parbung. On the 6th of January, darkness cast its ominous veil once more, as innocence was trampled upon. Ten girls, some still minors, bore the brunt of a harrowing fate, their dignity shattered through rape and molestation. The very fabric of the village was torn, as several villagers endured assaults, and a young boy’s life was snuffed out, a casualty of the same night that stained his sisters’ lives forever.
In the midst of this abyss, a glimmer of hope emerged on January 20, as the Indian Army made its resolute entrance into Parbung. The tides shifted, Meitei militants were uprooted, and in the process, a few met their end. Amidst the conflict, a brave Army officer too fell, his sacrifice a poignant reminder of the price paid for restoring a semblance of peace.
Since that fateful intervention, the embrace of the Indian Army has steadied the trembling grounds of Parbung and Lungthulien. However, the winds carried whispers of unrest, as reports hinted at the lurking presence of militants in the adjoining regions. Amidst these stories of struggle, the spirit of these resilient villagers shone brightly, etching a testament to endurance against the backdrop of Manipur’s radiant hills.
iii) The pages of history turned to 13th March 2006 when the Meitei militants orchestrated an act of abduction, forcing 400 Kukis from Chandel District, Manipur, across the border into Myanmar, callously deploying them as shields against danger. In that same year, 47 more Kukis met their tragic fate, victims of Meitei aggression, leaving scars that time could not erase in the Samtal-Khengjoi Block of Chandel district, Manipur.
iv) A twist in leadership emerged as Manipur’s Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, simultaneously holding the position of Home Minister, allegedly orchestrated the withdrawal of Assam Rifles and Indian Armies from the Behiang region of Churachandpur District, Manipur, in the enigmatic months of October and November 2022. This puzzling act created an unsettling corridor, affording Meitei militants passage from Myanmar into Manipur’s territory. Again in 2023, Assam Rifles were removed from a key checkpoint in Manipur. replaced with civil police and CRPF at a vital check post in the Bishnupur district.
v) Amid the region’s scenic beauty, a sinister undercurrent surged through Manipur, as the very sustenance meant for its hill districts suffered diversion. The once-affordable superfine rice, intended for the people’s nourishment, underwent a disheartening hike, rising from just Rs. 700/- per 50 kg bag in the days of 2021-22 to a staggering Rs. 2400/- per bag tumult gripped the land in 2023.
vi) Selective measures reverberated in the corridors of authority as the State Government undertook a seemingly targeted campaign to collect licensed firearms solely from the Kuki-dominated districts of Tengnoupal, Chandel, Kanggui (Kangpokpi), and Lamka (Churachandpur) within Manipur. These actions, detailed in No. 4/92/2020-DC/CCP, dated 14th February 2023, stood in stark contrast to the absence of similar endeavors in other districts across the state.
vii) The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), enacted in 1958, was delicately lifted from the precincts of the Valley districts in Manipur. This measure, initially put in place during a period of Naga hostility, surrounding Greater Imphal Valley and its environs, aims to maintain ‘Law and Order’ by curtailing the activities of Naga and Meitei militant groups within the state.
In the wake of these complexities, emerges May 3rd, etching an indelible chapter in the story of Ethnic Cleansing.
*𝙀𝙑𝙄𝘿𝙀𝙉𝘾𝙀𝙎 𝙊𝙁 𝙋𝙍𝙀𝙋𝙇𝘼𝙉𝙉𝙀𝘿 𝙎𝙐𝙍𝙂𝙄𝘾𝘼𝙇 𝙂𝙀𝙉𝙊𝘾𝙄𝘿𝙀 𝙐𝙋𝙊𝙉 𝙆𝙐𝙆𝙄-𝙕𝙊 𝙋𝙀𝙊𝙋𝙇𝙀*
i) The Meiteis burnt down the Manipur Central Library at capital Imphal in 2005 to destroy all the Kuki History and Documents, however all those burnt down…
— Jalhai Haokip (@hatjalhai) August 20, 2023
Kuki Locals express: “This is a wake-up call for the people of #Litan area that we are no longer safe. If somebody could come, even when the #NationalHighway is so guarded by the Army, if somebody in the number of 15-25 can come and attack the village and kill three people in just half an hour, that means we are no longer safe,” stated Mercy Khongsai, Joint Secretary of #Kuki Student’s Organisation (KSO), Ukhrul.
"This is a wake-up call for the people of #Litan area that we are no longer safe. If somebody could come, even when the #NationalHighway is so guarded by the Army, if somebody in the mumber of 15-25 can come and attack the village and… pic.twitter.com/dDRa4C84e3
— Ukhrul Times (@ukhrultimes) August 18, 2023
Tanmoy tweeted, “Evidence of Peace Installing in Manipur! Date-18th August
1. Ex-MP Mr. Thangso Baite’s residence is just a few meters away from Lamphel Police Station, Imphal has been Burned by #MeiteiExtremists
2. Three #Kuki Youth Killed Brutally by #MeiteiMilitants
Is It Not Govt. Sponsored/Premeditated (Police Force & Assam Rifles are there)
Ukhrul Superintendent of Police Ningshem Vashum told Scroll that the incident occurred at the Thawai Kuki Village around 4.30 am.
“It was an unprovoked and intentional attack…three people have been shot dead,” Vashum said. “We suspect that armed miscreants from the Valley side intruded [into] the Hills and attacked them. The deceased were volunteers who were guarding the village.”
While Thawai Kuki falls under the Kamjong revenue district, it falls within the police jurisdiction of the Ukhrul district.
The village is located on the border between the Naga-dominated Ukhrul district and the Meitei-dominated Imphal East district.
Evidence of Peace Installing in Manipur!
1. Ex MP Mr. Thangso Baite's residence is just a few meters away from Lamphel Police Station,Imphal has been Burned by #MeiteiExtremists
Is It Not Govt.… pic.twitter.com/9EUeK3Lr8I
— তন্ময় l T͞anmoy l (@tanmoyofc) August 19, 2023
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— Rosiengai@Survivor (@ngai_1965) August 18, 2023
While Kuki voices are rising in choruses asking for separate governance from the Meiteis, this appears to be falling on deaf ears.
It is observed that the violence will not stop because state hands are said it be involved. Apparently, shared by an unnamed source, apart from five Kuki families in Imphal, all have vacated and those five families declare they will not leave but will die defending their homes.
Hope seems to be dying with fresh evidence pouring out that Meitei militants are helped by the Manipur Police Commandos. Here is another video that proves Arambai Tenggol and Manipur Police Commandos, colluding in attacking Kuki-Zo Villages.
Here is another video that proves Arambai Tenggol and Manipur Police Commandos, colluding in attacking Kuki-Zo Villages. pic.twitter.com/vpguTqCb9e
— H S Benjamin Mate (@BenjaminMate1) August 18, 2023
A Kuki asks: A big question to ponder:
4 arrested UNLF cadres released on 19 June, 2023.
12 arrested KYKL cadres released on 24 June, 2023.
Is this simply because of fearing repulsion from the women-led mob? Or, do the Home Ministry
directed the Para Military Forces to stand down? Or, is it because Central Forces have limited power to do their duty due to withdrawal of AFSPA.
In both cases, this is a security threat to our own Indian citizens as well as a national security threat. Ironically, they are listed as terrorist organisations under UAPA by MHA, GoI.
A big question to ponder:
4 arrested UNLF cadres released on 19 June, 2023.
12 arrested KYKL cadres released on 24 June, 2023.
— Dr. Lamtinthang Haokip (@DrLamtinthangHk) June 26, 2023
A Kuki shared a video tweeting, “The Meiteis are being supported by the likes of Hindu Right Wing groups like #RSS and #BajrangDal. That’s another reason why the mob violence still continues and both @narendramodi and @AmitShah don’t really care 🤷🏼♂️ and
@NBirenSingh still in his Chair. SHAMELESS LEADERS!!!
India 🇮🇳 will not forgive you!
do something about these people
Kuki-Zo tribals need separation from Meiteis. A Union Territory is essential for security. #ManipurHorror #MeiteiMeiraPaibisXposed #SaveKuki_ZoTribals”
The Meiteis are being supported by the likes of Hindu Right Wing groups like #RSS and #BajrangDal. That's another reason why the mob violence still continue and both @narendramodi and @AmitShah don't really care 🤷🏼♂️ and @NBirenSingh still in his Chair.
— Bliss Niangngaihvung Singson (@BlissAmbassador) August 17, 2023
Endeavors to Taint and Eradicate the Kukis
Amidst the intricate tapestry of unfolding events, there emerge videos that paint a disquieting tableau. These videos unmask the unsettling support of factions of the Hindu right wing towards the Meitei militants, a liaison seemingly cemented by religious affiliation rather than the shared ideals of humanity. This somber partnership obscures the stark horrors of inhumanity and heinous acts of violence that have scarred the collective conscience.
In response, the Kukis, bearing the weight of their wounds, voice their plea for a distinct administration. This yearning for autonomy is intertwined with a pervasive apprehension. There lingers an impending gloom, that with the government’s trajectory veering towards the right-wing ideology, a nefarious agenda might unfold. This apprehension finds form in the specter of the present BJP government in Manipur. There is fear that the Biren Singh government might wield its might to orchestrate the extinction of the Kuki community, a populace of three lakhs. This grim scheme, concealed beneath the veil of branding them as ‘infiltrators’, threatens to unravel the Kukis’ rich history of contributions to India.
It’s a narrative rife with irony. Forgotten or conveniently overlooked is the formidable role the Kukis assumed in India’s past. The pages of history narrate the epic saga of the Ango-Kuki War, waged from 1917 to 1919, a testament to their valorous resistance against the colonial powers that sought to subjugate them. Their alliance wasn’t confined to the echoes of war drums; they lent their unwavering strength to the Meitei Kings in their battle campaigns. Proudly rooted in their identity as a warrior tribe, the Kukis showcased their mettle as courageous and skilled fighters.
Hence, to abruptly label them ‘infiltrators’ is to weave a political ruse, an artful maneuver that masks ulterior motives, perhaps to seize the very land that has borne witness to their lineage. Notably, the annals of recent history reveal a distinct truth. It wasn’t the Kukis who crossed borders clandestinely; it was the Meitei militants, trained in the secretive shadows of Myanmar, who infiltrated Indian soil, a detail that bears scrutiny.
The Kukis beseeched the protection of the Indian Army and Assam Rifles, only to find those bastions of security withdrawn, much to their angst.
In this intricate mosaic, where narratives intertwine and truths remain concealed, the plight of Manipur finds itself suspended between history’s echoes and malicious games of power.