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Proposed ITLF-Amit Shah rescheduled for Wednesday

Aizawl: The proposed talks between Union Home Minister Amit Shah and delegation of the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF), an umbrella organisation of all the Zo-Kuki tribe bodies in Manipur is rescheduled to be held in Delhi on Wednesday.

The ITLF agreed to hold talks with Shah after counsel from Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Saturday night, ITLF leaders who left for Delhi on Monday from Mizoram’s state capital Aizawl city, said in Aizawl.

The ITLF delegation led by its spokesperson Ginza Vualzawng comprising 3 executive members – Letpu Haokip, Pu Thangzamang Hangshing and Pu Muan Tombing met Director of Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar and centre’s interlocutor for northeast insurgent groups including NSCN (I-M), Akshaya Kumar Mishra on Tuesday at the IB Headquarters in Delhi ahead of the proposed parley with Shah.

Sources in the ITLF, earlier on Tuesday, said that the meeting with Shah was likely to be held at 6.30 PM on the same day, but was later rescheduled for 11 AM on Wednesday due to the ongoing debate on the no confidence motion in the Parliament.

The Kuki-Zo umbrella organization leaders were approached by Shah on Saturday night for holding parley in Delhi and the former agreed to the proposal after taking advice from Zoramthanga.

The delegation member came to Aizawl to take a flight to Aizawl via Guwahati by travelling 370 kilometres from Lamka (Churachandpur) as they felt that travelling to Imphal airport barely 60 kilometres by road or by helicopter was completely unsafe. 

After departure from Mizoram’s lone Lengpui airport near Aizawl to Delhi via Guwahati on Monday afternoon, they have been patiently waiting for the talks to be held with Shah. 

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Zoram Chronicle