The memorandum to Manipur chief minister was signed by KNO president PS Haokip. Credit: File Image

Imphal: The Kuki National Organisation (KNO) has requested the Manipur government to exclude the ‘Kuki ancestral land’ from the framework agreement of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) (NSCN-IM).

In a memorandum to state chief minister N Biren Singh, the KNO, an umbrella body of 17 Kuki militant groups, has urged the state government to ensure facts on Kuki-Naga boundary issues based on legal documentation of land ownership rights and history.

The memorandum, signed by KNO president PS Haokip, said, “Giving ‘historical accounts’ of Kuki ancestral land with respect to Chassad (Kamjong district), Laijang (Tamenglong district), Mongkotjang (Noney district) and Phoibung (Senapati district), it contended that Hundung Khullen, Hundung Khunou and Ningthi constitute Kamjong, land of Chingburoi, where Khaba-Ngaba settled. The areas must not be included in the NSCN-IM and Centre’s ‘framework agreement’ and become part of Nagalim,” it said.

Tangkhul people are from Somra Tract in Myanmar (Burma) and are a different ethnic entity from Meitei and Kuki, the outfit asserted.

The memorandum further said that the Zeimi, Liangmei, Rongmei and Paomei people, who comprise Zeliangrong of present-day Tamenglong district, are of ethnic Kuki-Chin stock. “In the past, the Sukte Poi and Lusei people of Chin Hills and present-day Mizoram drove them to Churachandpur, Tamenglong and Sinjol, Sailhem and Bombal villages of Peren District of Nagaland,” the memorandum said.

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