Even as the details of the recently-signed Naga Peace Accord are yet to be disclosed, the Kuki community of Manipur has opposed the deal. The apex body of the community, Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM), has submitted a memorandum to the Centre, opposing the Naga peace deal and demanding that the NSCN-IM militants be put on trial.
NSCN-IM has claimed that Manipur Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Senapati and Chandel districts belong to Nagaland.
The militant outfit has allegedly killed hundreds of Kukis in the region during the 90s. Therefore, the Kuki community is not ready to accept the Naga Peace Accord unless the members of the outfit face proper trial for the killings. "The sudden announcement of an agreement between NSCN-IM and the centre on August 3 was a great shock for the Kukis. KIM wants justice for victims of NSCN-IM violence and peace in the northeast region through non-violent means," reads a part of the memorandum that KIM sent to the PM, The Times of India reported.
The plea of justice for the victims of NSCN-IM violence has allegedly been turned down many times. "Kuki Inpi has categorically mentioned its stance in more than 60 memoranda submitted to five of your predecessors and to you as the sixth PM, but all have ignored the plea. Rejecting the request will be tantamount to denying the law in the country to deliver justice," KIM further mentioned in the memorandum.
Although some sections have welcomed the Naga Peace Accord, a majority of the people, including the state representatives of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, have expressed concern if the agreement would affect the neighbouring states' territorial sovereignty.