Thu. Sep 28th, 2023

Imphal-The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has taken up a suo-moto case towards the current “forced shifting” of Kuki households from Imphal, reportedly by the state authorities, and issued a discover to the state authorities on this rely.

Sources within the Commission stated on Thursday that MHRC Chairperson Justice Utpalendu Bikas Saha and member Ok.Ok. Singh have directed to register a suo-moto case on the premise of a current media report.

The MHRC has served discover to the Chief Secretary, Commissioner (Home), Director General of Police and Superintendent of Police of Imphal East district, directing them to submit a standing report concerning the account detailed within the media report.

“The respondents shall submit the status report on or before October 3. The Commissioner (Home), government of Manipur, shall direct the DGP to protect the homes of the Kuki families, who have been reportedly forcibly shifted from the Imphal valley, till they resettle in Imphal either by their own or by the government of Manipur, ” the MHRC order stated.

The media report stated that in a swift post-midnight operation, “the Manipur government recently evacuated the last remaining Kuki families living in the heart of Imphal, who had displayed unwavering courage in the face of relentless threats and looming communal violence to defiantly cling on to their homes in the New Lambulane locality for the past four months”.

Incidentally, earlier this week, Manipur BJP legislator Rajkumar Imo Singh had criticised Congress chief P. Chidambaram, saying the latter has failed to grasp the core problems with the state.

Chidambaram, quoting the media report, had written on X (previously Twitter): “… the final 5 Kuki households in Imphal had been forcibly faraway from their houses by the authorities. This signifies that ethnic cleaning is full within the Imphal Valley that’s dominated by the Meitei individuals.

“A state authorities presides over ‘ethnic cleaning’ and the Central authorities claims that the federal government of the state is being carried on in accordance with the Constitution. There could be nothing extra shameful than this improvement. It marks a brand new low in India’s descent into lawlessness.”

Reacting to Chidambaram’s feedback, Imo Singh stated that “one-sided representation can never solve any issue, and one should be brave enough to tell the real and full story and such statements from a seasoned politician from the Congress are certainly not appropriate to say the least”.

The BJP MLA, who’s the son-in-law of Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, had replied on X: “For your form info, there are Kuki brothers nonetheless dwelling in Imphal space, and lots of wanting to return again to their authentic locations earlier than the battle broke out.

“There is no ethnic cleansing from the valley, if at all there is any ethnic cleansing it has been done in Moreh and Churachandpur. But government will ensure in due course of time that people can go back to their original places across the State.”

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