Chiru people
Chiru Kuki people
Chiru written in Manipuri script (Meitei script)
Total population
8,599 approx,[1] Manipur
Chiru language (L1)
Meitei language (L2)[2]
Related ethnic groups
Meitei people, Chin-Kuki-Mizo people, Hmars, Naga people

Chiru people is a Zo ethnic group[3] that mostly resides in Manipur and some in Assam, India. They are listed as a Scheduled Tribe, in accordance with The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Orders (Amendment) Act, 1976 Indian Constitution.[4] They use Meitei language as their second language (L2) according to the Ethnologue.[5]


According to the 2011 census, the population of the Chiru tribe in Manipur was 8,599.


  1. ^ "Census of India 2011". MHA, Govt of India.
  2. ^ "Meitei | Ethnologue". Ethnologue. Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  3. ^ T.C.Hudson. 1911. The Naga Tribes of Manipur
  4. ^ "1THE CONSTITUTION (SCHEDULED TRIBES)". Archived from the original on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Meitei | Ethnologue". Ethnologue. Retrieved 3 May 2023.