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Mizoram’s tribe-based students’ bodies call for peace in Manipur

Aizawl: Aizawl-based Joint Hnam Pual Zirlai Pawl (JHPZP) or a conglomerate of tribe-based students’ associations, on Tuesday exerted pressure of Meitei community living peacefully in Mizoram to take steps in ending violence against Kuki-Zo tribal community in Manipur.
“While you (Meiteis) are living peacefully in Mizoram, our kindred brothers in your home state are being killed every day. We cannot understand this. The Meiteis residing in the state peacefully should take steps to ensure return of peace and normalcy in Manipur expeditiously,” a statement issued by the student body said.
The statement warned that the students in Mizoram will watch the situation in Manipur closely and will take appropriate action accordingly.
The student body strongly condemned the brutal murder of “our brother David Thiek” on Sunday morning.
“He was not only abducted and killed by Meitei extremists, but beheaded and displayed, while his remaining body was charred,” the statement said, adding that they have found it difficult to remain a mere spectator of what has been happening in Manipur.
The attacks against Kuki-Zo community, was described by the student body as ‘pre-planned’ while killings of innocent people including children and women are the most barbaric acts.
They demanded immediate imposition of President’s Rule in Manipur as the present government led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh failed to maintain law and order in the state and the minority communities can no longer be safe even under the Indian Constitution.
The student body also strongly condemned the ‘stoic silence’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that “It looks like the northeast is no longer a part of India.”
They also urged Mizoram government to take more proactive approach by taking concrete and pragmatic steps to ensure the safety of the Kuki-Zo kindred brothers in the neighboring state.

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