Imphal, Aug 3:
The Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF) has differed the burial plan for dead bodies killed in the ongoing violence in Kangvai area for another five days following the intervention of the Union Home Ministry.
In the wake of the high voltage tension following the announcement of burying the dead bodies of Kuki in Kangvai area today, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, GoI, Nityanand Rai had appealed to both the Chairman of ITLF, Pagin Haokip and the Co-ordinator of COCOMI, Jeetendra Ningomba to maintain peace and Communal Harmony by assuring that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs will spare no efforts to resolve the aforesaid issue amicable to utmost satisfaction of all parties within a period of seven days.
The ITLF, in its letter to the Union Home Minister while accepting to delay the burial of dead bodies by five days had put some conditions. It said that the MHA should legalise the burial site in S. Boljang of Churandpur, Manipur (Dag No. 20022, 2025, 2161 and 2162 of 98-Torbung Lourup of Churachandpur district. It said that all Meitei state forces should not be deployed in the Hill districts for the safety of the Kuki-Zo communities. The ITLF further said that as the burial will be delayed, the dead bodies of the Kuki-Zo communities that are lying in Imphal should be brought to Lamka and also to speed up the demand for total separation from Manipur. The ITLF also demanded to transfer tribal jail inmates in Imphal to other states.