Security measures were beefed up in all trouble prone areas in Manipur ahead of the Black day observation on Tuesday in memory of about 900 Kuki tribals killed during the ethnic cleansings by the Naga armed outfit, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) in 1993.
Why Black Day is observed?
The Black Day of mass mourning marks the commemoration of the inhuman massacre of over 900 innocent Kukis between 1992 and 1995 by the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isaac-Muivah) or more popularly known as NSCN-IM. Specifically on 13th September 1993, 108 innocent Kuki villagers (men, women and children) were butchered by NSCN-IM in different parts of Manipur alone.
The massacre was followed with quit notices issued by the United Naga Council (UNC) to Kuki villages in the hill districts of Manipur, including Zoupi in Tamenglong district and Gelnel in Senapati district.
That was the highest number of Kukis killed in a single day, in a violent stand-off between the Kukis and Nagas of Manipur that had begun the previous year. Since 1994, the Kuki people across India and abroad have observed the day with mass prayers and a raising a black flag in every house.
Observation of Black Day
All police stations and camps of the paramilitary forces in areas where there are mixed populations are kept in red alert. Besides central forces are patrolling in their respective areas.
The main functions of mass prayers in the churches and protest marches in the Kuki dominated areas are being organised by the Kuki Impi Manipur (KIM) and the Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO).
“All Kuki families will offer prayer for the victims of the pogrom. Apart from the mass prayers there will be processions by the men and women in mourning dress” S Haokip, general secretary of the KSO said.
For a long time KIM has been demanding justice to the innocent victims. It had insisted on settlement of victims’ issue before an agreement is signed between the Indian government and the NSCN(IM). The organization says that so far justice has not been done to the innocent 900 victims of the pogrom. Many Kuki villages were also burned to cinders during the clashes. Several innocent Naga tribals were also killed in retaliations.