BOKAJAN, Mar 24: A commemoration program of the 2003 Karbi-Kuki conflict was held today at Sarpo Teron village under the Dillai police station. The program was held early in the morning at around 7 am.
It may be mentioned here that on March 23, 2003, as many as 19 innocent Karbis were mercilessly gunned down by Kuki gunmen in the house of the headman of Sarpo Teron village. The incident took place in the dawn at 4:30 am. The day had remained in history as one of the darkest day for the families, tribe and the society.
The persons who lost their lives on that fateful morning were Borsing Engti, Dhonsing Kro, Sarthe Engti, Bura Ronghang, Sing Bey, Chandra Terang, Samson Tisso, Dor Teron, Jiten Terang, Sona Engleng, Dilip Kro, Doka Engti, Longki Terang, Chandra Engti, Tenjing Engti, Riso Teron and Bura Teron. Names of two others were not able to be obtained by our correspondent.
While talking to our TDE correspondent, locals and family members of the victims informed that even after 17 long years, none have provided any compensation for the lost of lives on that fateful day. Although the KAAC had promised to provide one time compensation to the berieved families, they are yet to receive any assistance from them. On September 2019, the present CEM Tuliram Ronghang also declared to grant a sum of Rs. 5 lakh to the family of the victims, but it seems there is no any progress in the commitment, added the locals.
Thus, during today’s commemoration program, the family members and the locals have earnestly urged the KAAC to provide the compensation amount so that the families who had lost the bread earners of the house could arrange for their livelihood.
Today’s program was held under the initiative of Manoj Tisso, Bikrom Timung and Amit Terang. It was attended by Rong Asar Kolom Teron and social worker Rupsing Bey and Kangbura Hanse.