ITLF Announces "Self-Rule" for Kuki-Zo People in Manipur

  • 17 Nov 2023

The ITLF, representing the Kuki-Zo people in Manipur, has recently declared "self-rule" in districts dominated by the community, citing dissatisfaction with the Central government's "selective justice" in response to ethnic violence.

Key Points

  • Self-Rule Declaration: The ITLF, advocating for the Kuki-Zo community, has declared "self-rule" in districts like Tengnoupal, Kangpokpi, and Churachandpur.
  • The initiative includes the appointment of a separate chief minister and responsibilities for government officials from the community.
  • Central Government's Response: ITLF General Secretary expressed dissatisfaction with what they perceive as "selective justice" by the Central government, prompting them to take this step.
  • Home Minister's Remarks: The decision comes after Home Minister referred to Kuki-Zo people as "outsiders" in Parliament.
  • Negotiations with Home Ministry: The ITLF has engaged in multiple rounds of negotiations with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) officials since the eruption of ethnic violence on May 3.
  • Ethnic Violence Impact: Since May 3, ethnic violence has claimed at least 175 lives, displacing thousands. The ITLF conducted a protest march, urging an "impartial" investigation into 20 cases involving the Kuki-Zo people.