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ZORO takes strong exception to remarks of Manipur CM, Guv

Solidarity rally organised by ZORO in Aizawl on July 12

Aizawl: The Mizoram-based Zo Reunification organisation on Tuesday took a strong expection to the remarks of Manipur CM N Biren Singh and the state Governor Anusuiya Uikey.

“The ZORO meeting on Tuesday (July 18) vehemently denounces the derogatory remarks made by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on North East Live on July 16 concerning the seizure of drugs in Mizoram by the Mizoram police. Such comments are utterly unwarranted and unacceptable,” ZORO said in a statement.

Biren, as quoted by NE Live, had expressed grave concerns over the increase in the number illicit drug seizures in Mizoram. Biren was quoted as saying that he has urged all the CMs of the region to unite against the drug menace and the cartel operating in the region.

According to a ZORO leader, Biren’s expression of “concerns” was merely an attempt to strengthen his baseless accusations against the Kuki-Zo communities in his state, who he labeled them as “narco terrorists.” The ZORO leader further clarified that the ethnic conflict in the state cannot be attributed to the individual’s “war on drugs,” as claimed by Biren, as it is not the root cause.

ZORO demanded Biren Singh to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Mizoram, as his actions amount to unwarranted meddling. 

“The CM flagrantly violates human rights within his own state, openly disregarding the global community’s watchful eyes,” ZORO release said. 

The ZORO once again unequivocally condemns the assaults inflicted upon the Kuki-Zo people by Biren Singh and his state forces, it added. 

ZORO also strongly rebuked the Manipur Governor’s statements alleging that the violent conflicts were instigated primarily by refugees from Myanmar. 

“We want to make it abundantly clear that the conflicts were instigated and orchestrated by the state government itself,” the release said.

Manipur Governor on Monday said infiltrators from “across the border” may have fuelled the ongoing unrest in the northeastern state.

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