Mizo govt demands ex-gratia for youth



Aizawl: Mizoram government on Monday demanded that the Union Home Ministry give ex-gratia payment to the kin of Johnny F Lalhmangaihzuala who was killed by Sudanese nationals after a university football match on April 26, an official statement said.

In a letter sent to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana demanded that notices be given to the Punjab government, Lovely Professional University, of which he was a student, and the Sudan embassy in New Delhi to ensure that such ghastly incident did not recur in future.

"The people of Mizoram, especially the youths are shocked by the incidence of violence and we demand that the perpetrators of the horrible crime be brought to book and be given maximum punishment," Lalzirliana said.

Johnny, a 22 year-old B Tech (Civil) student was thrashed after scoring a goal during a friendly football match between the university and a visiting Sudanese team at Jullandhar and succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Two Sudanese and one Tanzanian were named accused and were arrested.

Different political parties and NGOs in the state have urged the Centre to take appropriate action against those who allegedly killed the Mizo boy.

PTI