After Manipur Highway Blockade Lifted, 'Miscreants' Burn Down House of Kuki Group Spokesperson

Two Kuki groups said the decision to lift the blockade was taken to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to all parts of the state.

New Delhi: Soon after the 60-day blockade on the Dimapur-Imphal National Highway-2 was lifted based on a decision from two Kuki groups on Monday, the houses of one of the signatories of the public statement announcing the decision was burnt down.

The decision to lift the roadblocks was announced after a 19-member team comprising Kuki-Zo civil society organisations and representatives of the United People’s Front (UPF) and the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) met a senior BJP functionary in Assam’s Kaziranga on June 30, The Hindu reported. The decision was taken to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to all parts of the state.

Statement released by the UPF and KNO on the blockade being lifted.

On Monday night, KNO spokesperson Seilen Haokip’s house was burnt down. According to the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum’s media team, the house was burnt by “unknown miscreants”.

Meanwhile on Monday, Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga called for peace in Manipur, saying the situation had only “worsened”.

“While we hope with much goodwill, anticipation and hope, things would turn for the better, situations seem to have worsened. When will it stop? I condole my Manipuri Zo ethnic brethren, my incessant prayers for those who have lost their loved ones, their homes and families wrecked in shatters. May the gracious Lord give you the strength and the wisdom to navigate through this disastrous incident,” he said on social media.

“Many lives have been lost, bloodshed all over, physical torture and the victims are looking for refuge wherever possible. With no iota of doubt, those victims are my kin and kin, my own blood and should we quieten the situation by just being silent? I don’t think so! I would like to call for immediate restoration of peace and normalcy. It is incumbent and imperative upon those responsible and law-abiding citizens or entities of India to look for immediate ways for peace restoration. Development with a human touch and Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas applies to my Zo ethnic tribes in Manipur too!” he continued.

On the same day, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh – who has refused to resign despite all groups claiming to have lost faith in him – said that all bunkers in the state are being dismantled. He also said that the government has decided to reopen schools for classes 1 to 8 from July 5.

Ethnic violence in Manipur since May 3 has led to more than 150 people losing their lives and over