Aizawl: Members of Meitei community working in the Mizoram University and Pachhunga University College on Thursday expressed gratitude to the Mizoram government and the people for maintaining peace in the state even as the ethnic violence continued in their home state Manipur.
The members of Meitei community held a meeting with state home commissioner H. Lalengmawia and other home department officials during which they thanked the state government, especially the home department for ensuring the safety of their community living inside and outside the campuses.
Teaching and non-teaching faculty of Mizoram University and Pachhunga University College belonging to Meitei community informed the state home department officials that except for one employee who could not join his work due to domestic problems, all the faculty members belonging to Meitei community have joined their works.
A number of Meiteis left Mizoram after some student organisations, including Hmar Students’ Association (HSA) reportedly issued press releases which could be construed as threatening the Meitei community living and working in the state.
The Meitei leaders said that they feel safe in the state due to its peace and tranquility and assurances given by the state home department officials as well as their co-workers belonging to Mizo community. They also said that they would perform their duties dutifully.
Lalengmawia said that the state home department had given instructions to all the deputy commissioners, district SPs and other law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety and security of the Meitei community members within their respective jurisdictions on May 3, when the ethnic violence commenced in Manipur.
“The state government has taken all measures for the safety of Meitei community members in Mizoram and will continue to do so,” the home commissioner said and asked the Meiteis to approach the home department immediately if they face any problems.
A few sections of the people in Mizoram are irritated by the fact that their Kuki-Zomi-Hmar kindred brothers and sisters are bearing the brunt of ethnic violence in the neighbouring state while the Meitei community members are completely safe in the state.
This irritation was further fueled by some Meitei community members in Assam issuing quit orders to all the Mizos living in Assam and also threatening to impose a road blockade in the National Highway no. 54, the lifeline of Mizoram with the rest of the country.
However, not a single Meitei has been harmed in Mizoram till date, Lalengmawia said.