Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) has called 24 hours bandh along Imphal-Ukhrul road from the midnight of Novemebr 30 in protest against the AR’s brutalities over the villagers of Aishi villagers in Ukhrul district.
In a press hand out the KSO said that it vehemently condemn the incident in which villagers were summoned to the AR camp at Chassad and subjected to unimaginable torture for not reporting movement of the UG cadres in the area . It said the act was complete violation of Human rights and appealed the Human rights agencies to take up the issue at the highest level of justice.
The statement further said that the AR highhanded over poor and innocent Kuki villagers in remote areas has become a habit of sort. The AR’s conduct at Sehlon village some years back is still afresh in the minds of villagers. Some months ago the AR by taking the law into its own hands had banished two families of Old Samtal to Myanmar. Just recently the AR came down hard on the villagers of Tengnoupal in the aftermath of a bomb blast of which the CORCOM has confessed of the attack as their own doing. The Aishi incident where villagers were thrashed black and blue is the latest of the many incidents of AR’s total disregard to human rights.
The claim of AR as ‘the friend of the hill people’ no longer has any meaning to the hill people, because it is the hill people who have continuously suffered physical and mental assault in the hands of AR.
By setting up check points along roads and highways in the hills the AR have intermittently harassed the people. It is a common sight that there are two to three checkpoints along a single road in the hills. These checkpoints have become places of harassment and assault. The KSO has resolved not to compromise the Aishi incident and has resolved to fight to the end for justice. If the AR does not comply with the demands of the KSO it will intensify the agitation.