MNF chief denies links with insurgents
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 20:55
Aizawl: Opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) chief Zoramthanga has denied charges made by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla that he was behind the formation of the Sinlung People's Liberation Army (SPLA) when he was in power.

"How could a government worth its name help form an insurgent group which it cannot keep under its control?" he said, adding no political party in power would take such a step as it would work against the government.

Zoramthanga, a former chief minister, told media persons that he was not aware of the formation of the militant group in 2007 till he was informed of it by the intelligence.

"Lal Thanhawla's recent statement was aimed at maligning me and my party," he said.

"If his statement that he was approached by the parents of the misguided youths to take them back was true, why they did not approach me as I was the state chief minister?" he asked.

Zoramthanga alleged that Lal Thanhawla, the then leader of the opposition, knew everything and refused to inform the government as a responsible representative of the people.

At a 'home coming' ceremony of the SPLA cadres who laid down arms before him on Friday, Lal Thanhawla accused the Zoramthanga government of engineering the formation of the outfit to disrupt the state assembly polls held in December last.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 20:55

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