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Ahead of Solidarity March, security beefed up in Aizawl

A candlelight vigil held in front of Vanapa Hall in Aizawl Saturday evening, as a heartfelt expression of solidarity with the Kuki-Zo tribals in Manipur

Aizawl: Two days ahead of Solidarity March organised by the NGOs Coordination Committee in support of the Kuki-Zo tribes in Manipur, security measures have been significantly bolstered in Aizawl to ensure that the procession, scheduled for July 25, proceeds without any communal tensions or disturbances.

A crucial meeting, presided over by Mizoram DGP Anil Shukla, IPS, and attended by senior police officers, was held on Saturday to meticulously assess the security arrangements and deployments. The meeting also thoroughly reviewed all steps taken to ensure the safety and security of the Manipuri people/Meitei residing in various parts of Mizoram, a police communique said.

The DGP has issued clear directives to ensure proper deployment, patrolling, and vigilance across all districts, with special focus on vulnerable areas, to preempt any untoward incidents. Emphasising the need for an adequate number of reserve forces, along with vehicles and officers, the DGP stressed on the significance of prompt deployment and response in case of any unfortunate incidents within their designated areas.

Subsequent to the meeting, DGP Mizoram and the team of senior police officials conducted on-site inspections at proposed locations in Aizawl – Chanmari on the north side and Kulikawn on the south side – where the procession is slated to commence. They also visited Raj Bhavan North Gate, the designated culmination point of the march.

“The Mizoram Police, in close collaboration with administrative officials, is maintaining a vigilant watch on the situation. Our senior police officers and all personnel on the ground are diligently working to ensure the safety and security of the Manipuri people/Meitei residing in various parts of Mizoram,” stated the police communique.

Underscoring their commitment to safeguarding all citizens and upholding communal harmony, the authorities have called upon Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), NGOs, and the law-abiding and peace-loving general public to extend their support in maintaining peace and tranquility.

The NGOs Coordination Committee comprises major civil society organisations in Mizoram, including Young Mizo Association, Mizoram Upa (senior citizens) Pawl, Mizo Hmeichhe (women) Insuihkhawm Pawl, and two prominent students’ organisations – Miz Zirlai Pawl and Mizo Students’ Union.

Meanwhile, Prof Lalnuntluanga, the general secretary of the central committee of the Young Mizo Association, issued a statement on Sunday, appealling to the Meitei community residing in Aizawl and other parts of Mizoram not to worry but to maintain a sense of serenity in light of the proposed Solidarity March. “The march aimed to express support for our brothers and sisters in Manipur, the statement said.

Simultaneously, the central committee of the Young Mizo Association also urged the Manipur government to take necessary measures to ensure their well-being and security.

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