In response to recent clashes and the alleged failure of the Manipur government to protect Chin-Kuki-Zomi tribals, 10 MLAs from the Kuki community, including two ministers, have demanded a separate administration in the state, on Friday.
BJP MLA Vunzagin Valte, who was seriously injured in an attack on his vehicle in Imphal on May 4, is among the signatories of the statement demanding a separate administration in Manipur.
According to reports, the statement was also signed by BJP ministers Letpao Haokip and Nemcha Kipgen, along with other members including Haokholet Kipgen, LM Khaute, Ngursanglur Sanate, Letzamang Haokip, Paolienlal Haokip, Kimneo Haokip Hangshing and Chinlunthang Haokip, from the BJP and Kuki People’s Alliance respectively. They added that they were seeking a separate administration under the Indian Constitution and wished to live harmoniously as neighbors with the state of Manipur, as they believed that the state had failed to protect them.
The nature of the administration is up to the Union of India to decide, Minister Leitpao Haokip said. A meeting is planned with community leaders and civil society organisations in Mizoram on May 16 to mobilize the demand.
Meanwhile, the number of reported deaths since the clashes between Meitei and Kuki communities has risen to 71, with 40% verified as being due to the clashes, according to Kuldiep Singh, Security Advisor to the CM.