1. CoTU in Sadar Hills declares total shutdown on May 3 for Kuki-Zo Martyrs’ Remembrance Day.
2. The Kuki-Zo community commemorates fallen martyrs under the theme “Be Strong and Courageous.”
3. Event includes solemn ceremonies, candlelight vigils, and a mass prayer across Sadar Hills Kangpokpi district.

Imphal, May 02: The Committee on Tribal Unity (CoTU) in Sadar Hills, Kangpokpi district, has declared a total shutdown on May 3 to mark the solemn occasion of the Kuki-Zo Martyrs’ One Year Remembrance Day.

Under the theme “Be Strong and Courageous,” drawn from Joshua 1:9, the Kuki-Zo community will gather to honor the fallen martyrs. The event will be held at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in Phaijang village, Sadar Hills Kangpokpi District, organized by CoTU.

The shutdown will commence from midnight on May 2 and continue until midnight on May 3. Residents are urged to hoist black flags at their homes and observe a candlelight vigil from 7 p.m. onwards.

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Candlelight vigils will also take place along the National Highway and in bazaar areas.

During the noon session, a profound gun salute will pay homage to the fallen martyrs, followed by a solemn candlelight vigil. Attendees are requested to wear black attire as a mark of respect.

CoTU leaders will present a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India through the Deputy Commissioner, Kangpokpi, regarding the Kuki-Zo’s separate administration movement.

No other programs will be organized by Kuki-Zo individuals or organizations on this day, and activities like travelling and jhumming are restricted.

All residents are expected to participate in the observation event from 11:00 a.m. to 3:09 p.m. and display black flags on their vehicles.

In addition, churches across Sadar Hills Kangpokpi District will hold mass prayers and candlelight vigils to honor the fallen martyrs and demonstrate unity within the community.