Meitei group warns of civil war in Manipur

New Delhi, June 07, 2023 (PPI-OT): The chief of the Meitei Leepun, Pramot Singh, has warned the Indian central government as well the state government of Manipur to intervene quickly otherwise, “there will be civil war”, in the volatile state.

In an interview with renowned Indian journalist, Karan Thapar, Pramot Singh warned both the governments, saying “the Kukis will not be able to defend themselves” if civil war erupts. Talking about the civil war that he claimed would happen if the government does not intervene, Singh spoke about a 15-kilometre area where, he claimed, the Kukis have set up roadblocks and encroachments, stating bluntly that they would be “wiped out” in that area. Pramot Singh, who flew from Imphal to Delhi specifically for this interview, claimed the Kukis are “outsiders”. He said “they are not part of the family”, adding they are “not indigenous to Manipur”. He described them as “tenants” in Manipur.

More importantly, he claimed that “the majority of Kukis are illegal” although he did not have any facts to back it. Through his talk, Pramot Singh expressed the deep dislike that he personally and his organisation seem to feel for the Kukis.

It is to mention here that the Meiteis settled in the Imphal Valley region in modern-day Manipur, are Hindus while majority of the Kuki people, living mainly in hilly areas of the state, are Christians. Tribal Kukis are being killed by Indian army and Meitei’s and BJP government in Manipur. “Meitei’s hate us,” wrote the tribal group, Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF), in a letter to the media.

“As it is evident and clear that the Meitei community with the help of the state government machineries has unleashed ethnic cleansing or genocide. It is proven that Meiteis hate us and we see no prospect of living together,” the tribal group wrote. The tribal groups want a separate state for themselves.

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