Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga appealed to the Kuki-Zo people inhabiting the hill areas of Manipur to have a policy of non-violence and strive for maintenance of peace in their respected areas.
In a meeting with leaders of the Manipur’s Tengnoupal district, who called on him in the Chief Minister’s office in Aizawl, Zoramthanga asked them about the problems they have been facing and asked them to adhere to the policy of non-violence in solving their problems.
The Chief Minister said that Mizoram government will leave no stones unturned to lend a helping hand to the tribal community in Manipur who have been bearing the brunt of ethnic violence in the neighbouring state.
He said that roads between Mizoram and hill areas of Manipur have been repaired and will continue to maintain good roads to ensure smooth flow of essential commodities to the tribal areas.
He expressed the hope that with the centre giving permission for helicopter service between Aizawl and Lamka (Churachandpur), a number of the problems of the tribal community, including medical emergencies, will soon be solved.
Leaders of the people of Tengoupal district, led by Khaitinlem, expressed gratitude to Zoramthanga for taking steps to solve their problems in the midst of ethnic violence and standing behind them in this time of crisis.
They also expressed gratefulness to the Chief Minister for helping the Kuki-Zo tribal community in times of need and for being a solace by maintaining a fatherly figure.
A number of leaders including Manipur tribal legislators, Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum, Zomi Council and others had called on Zoramthanga to express their gratitude to him, state government, civil societies, churches and the people of Mizoram for their solidarity with the Manipur Kuki-Zo tribal community in Manipur in time of crisis.