Mizoram govt forms panel to help arson-hit Bru families
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 18:38
Aizawl: Sixteen people were detained in connection with the murder of a Mizo youth by suspected Bru militants on Friday last, as the Mizoram government formed a relief committee to help Bru families affected in acts of arson, in the aftermath of the killing.

The Bru Students Association (BSA), Bru Cultural Organisation (BCO) and Aizawl Bru Welfare Committee (ABWC) in a statement condemned the burning of settlements, inhabited by 'poor' Bru families, and demanded that the state government should give compensation to the people, rendered homeless following the arson.

Mizoram Health minister Lalrinliana Sailo gave Rs one lakh to the bereaved family of the slain youth as ex gratia payment at Bungthuam - his native village.

Meanwhile, after two day's of sporadic arson normalcy was returning to the western parts of Mizoram, where no untoward incident was reported for the past two nights, a senior police official today told PTI over phone from Mamit district, on Tripura border.

About 400 bamboo huts were torched by unidentified people on Friday-Saturday nights and on Sunday and seven persons were arrested in connection with the arson.

Official sources said a relief committee, chaired by Director of the Disaster Management and Relief Department Nghaklianmawia would accept donations from associations and individuals to help Bru families affected by the recent crisis.

In another development, the four largest NGOs - the Young Mizo Association (YMA), Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP) or Mizo women federation, Mizoram, Upa Pawl (MUP) or Mizoram Elders association and the The Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or Mizo Students' Feredation - today said that Bru refugees must not be repatriated to Mizoram.

The NGOs also demanded that the Mizoram and Tripura governments should ensure that thousands of Mizos driven out from Sakhan range in Tripura in 1998 should be adequately compensated and security be provided for those who remained there.

The Presbyterian Church and the church-sponsored political watchdog the Mizoram People's Forum (MPF) also condemned the youth's killing dubbing it as "a crime against God and the Mizo people."

The Presbyterian Church and the MPF also appealed to the people to protect the innocent people from harm.

The Right Reverend Stephen Rotluanga, Bishop of Aizawl also called upon the people of Mizoram to give peace a chance saying that violence is against the principle of Christianity and also the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 18:38

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