Aizawl: In a resolute stance, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) in Mizoram reiterated its unwavering support for the ‘separate administration’ demanded by the Kuki-Zo tribal community in Manipur, who are fondly referred to as “Unaute” (brothers and sisters).
V L Krosshnehzova, the MNF General Secretary for Information and Publicity, while addressing a press conference at the Aizawl Press Club here today, said “The MNF’s solidarity not only extends to the demand for autonomous administration for the ethnic Mizos inhabiting the hilly regions of Manipur but also calls upon the Indian Government to swiftly address this pressing issue.”
Krosshnehzova pointed out that the convergence of ethnic Mizos from the Chin state of Myanmar, the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, and more recently, Manipur, seeking refuge in Mizoram due to crackdowns by their respective governments, may signify the initiation of the long-awaited unification of the ethnic Mizo populace.
He commended MNF president and Mizoram dhief minister Zoramthanga for his vocal support for the ethnic Mizo community in Manipur.
Krosshnehzova further credited Zoramthanga with preventing a potential catastrophe in the neighbouring state.
“By successfully intervening to delay the mass burial of 35 ethnic Mizos, who fell victim to recent violence in Manipur, Zoramthanga effectively averted imminent bloodshed,” he said.
According to Krosshnehzova, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, through Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, appealed to Zoramthanga for assistance over the phone around 10:00pm on Wednesday.
“Subsequently, Zoramthanga managed to contact with the leaders of the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF), a coalition of Kuki-Zo organizations based in Lamka (Churachandpur), around 11:00pm,” he said.
“He urged them to consider the appeals of the central government, which holds the authority to address the demands and desires of the Kuki-Zo community. After extensive deliberations, the ITLF acquiesced to Zoramthanga’s plea at around 3 AM on Thursday morning,” he said.
Krosshnehzova remarked that Zoramthanga’s paternal influence on all ethnic Mizo people played a pivotal role in this decision. The ITLF subsequently presented a five-point charter of demands to the Ministry of Home Affairs through sector 27 of the Assam Rifles, stationed in Lamka.
MNF’s General Secretary expressed the party’s pride in their leader’s prominent role, revered as the ‘father’ by the Kuki-Zo community in the neighboring state.
Meanwhile, in a compassionate effort, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the apex Mizo student body, in collaboration with the Chin Baptist Church (CBC) USA, Indianapolis, extended humanitarian aid to internally displaced individuals (IDPs) residing in three relief camps within the Assam border Kolasib district.
At the Saipum village relief camp, where 172 IDPs from 60 families found shelter, MZP and CBC provided 16 bags of rice, Rs 5,000, and medicines worth Rs. 30,000. Similar assistance, in the form of 8 bags of rice and Rs 5,000, was rendered to the Saiphai village relief camp housing 48 IDPs from 15 families. Additionally, a bag of rice along with Rs 1,000 was given to the N. Chawnpui hamlet.
As of Friday evening, the state’s home department officials indicated that there are 12,632 IDPs from Manipur seeking refuge in Mizoram. Among them, 9,849 individuals have sought shelter with relatives or friends or have taken up rented accommodations, while 2,783 individuals are being accommodated in 38 relief camps.