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No mass exodus of Meiteis from Mizoram, says DGP

Mizoram DGP Anil Shukla talks to reporters at his office on Monday (July 24)

Aizawl: Mizoram’s Director General of Police Anil Shukla on Monday clarified that a considerable number of Meiteis have left Mizoram in the past two days voluntarily, refuting claims of a mass exodus. He emphasised that there is no indication of fear driving their departure.

Shukla told journalists in Aizawl that the state Police provided security to the Meiteis who wanted escorts to the lone Lengpui airport near Aizawl as well as who went to Assam by road.

“We are providing round-the-clock security and vigil for the Meitei community members in several central institutions in the state,” he said, adding that there has been no Meitei approaching the Police department saying they receive threats from any quarters. 

He expressed hope that the proposed ‘Solidarity Rally’ to be organised by the NGO Coordination Committee (NGOCC) on Tuesday will be completely peaceful and made appeal to the civil societies, media and the general public to assist the police in maintaining peace.

Elaborate security arrangements are made to maintain law and order during the rally, he said.

According to police sources, there were 1,508 Meiteis belonging to 416 families residing in the state before a section of them chose to left for Manipur and Assam. The decision to leave was triggered by widespread outrage following the circulation of a viral video depicting the heinous acts of two ethnic Mizo women being paraded naked, groped, and subjected to gang-rape.

Till Sunday, 520 Meiteis have left Mizoram, a senior Police official said.

Security personnel on duty at Lengpui airport said that there was no Aizawl-Imphal flight on Monday. However, 16 Meiteis left Aizawl by three flights – Aizawl to Guwahati, Aizawl to Kolkata and Aizawl to Shillong flights. 

Meanwhile, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), Congress, Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) and the BJP on Monday expressed support of the ‘Solidarity Rally’ to be held as a show of support to ethnic Mizo community, who have been bearing the brunt of violent attacks since May 3.

All the political parties appealed to their workers and members to participate in the rally and also announced that their respective party offices will be closed on Tuesday. 

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