Mokokchung, 3 October (MTNews): The Zeliangrong Youth Organization Nagaland (ZYON) has filed an FIR under Jalukie Police Station against PS Haokip, a self-styled Chairman of Kuki National Organization (KNO), for writing a book titled, ‘Zelengam, the Kuki Nation’ and has called for a ban on the distribution and sale of the said book.
In the FIR, ZYON alleged that Haokip wrongly wrote in Chapter V of the book that “the sovereign Kuki state is stretching from the present day Manipur, to parts of Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura including Myanmar and Bangladesh.”
ZYON also claimed in the FIR that the book had been misleadingly written that “the sovereign Kuki state (Zelengam) had already existed even before the establishment of the League of Nations and the United nations.”
Additionally, ZYON highlighted that Chapter VIII and page No. 117 of the book were written with “malicious intent to incite communal flare-ups between the two communities,” such as describing how the “Angamis of Khonoma village assaulted Zeliangs in Peren district and raped their women in front of the menfolk.”
“The book also claimed that the Zeliangs in Peren district of Nagaland were settled in Kukis land. It further claimed that, as tenants, the Zeliang paid tax to Kuki chief. Moreover, it was also written misleadingly that people of Nsong region paid tax to the Kuki chief of Jolpi, Mbaulwa region to the Kuki chief of Sailhem and Nkio range to the Kuki chief of Sinjol. While the Nagas in Tenning and Beisumpui range paid tax to Kuki chief of Bombal and Tolbung,” the ZYON stated in their FIR.
Contrary to the “unfounded and misleading claims made by Haokip in his infamous book ‘Zelengam,’ ” ZYON clarified that the Naga allowing the Kukis to settle in their land on humanitarian grounds is historically established fact. ZYON stated that, in recognition and loyalty towards the generous Nagas, the Kukis have been paying taxes to the landowner to this day. Notably, ZYON said the chief of all Kuki villages under Peren district has admitted that they were living under Zeliangs’ ancestral land, and the same agreement is well-documented and in the safe custody of Zeliangrong Baudi.
Arguing that the author has intentionally concocted many lies to usurp historical facts and distort Naga history using offensive and derogatory language to undermine the Zeliang people, ZYON stated that the book has resulted in “grave offenses against India in general and the Nagas of Nagaland in particular.”
Furthermore, ZYON alleged that the culprit has disseminated falsehoods and created an environment against public tranquility, which may lead to bloodshed and law and order situations in the region. ZYON requested that the culprit be booked under IPC sections 120, 123, 153-A, and 200 and that necessary action be initiated against the culprit. It also called for a ban on the distribution and sale of the said book as per the law of the land for the sake of justice.
According to the FIR filed by ZYON, Haokip, a self-styled Chairman of Kuki National Organization (KNO), originally hails from Mongloi village in Myanmar and currently resides in Churachandpur, PS/District – Churachandpur, Manipur.