Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mizoram: Are we going to lose our “peaceful state” tag soon?

We have heard of it in Manipur, in Maoist dominated areas in mainland India and in Kashmir. Alas, it now happens in Mizoram also.

Are we the people of Mizoram going to lose our “peaceful state” tag soon?

After militants’ diktat, civic polls postponed in Mizoram


Aizawl: The state election commission of Mizoram on Wednesday indefinitely postponed civic polls in 15 villages following underground outfit Hmar People’s Convention-Democratic (HPC-D)’s alleged diktat to vote for the outfit-favoured candidates.

All the 15 villages, two under Kolasib district and 13 under Aizawl, fell under the HPC-D demanded area for Hmar autonomous council, in the northeastern parts of Mizoram predominated by the Hmar community.

As per reports received by the SEC, “One insurgent group” had summoned leaders of all political parties of the area to Dholakhal in Assam and Thingpuikual in Manipur a few days back where they told them to ensure that the HPC candidates, supported by the HPC-D, get elected and warned them against dire consequences if negative results occur.

“The state election commission, after taking all intelligence inputs and various reports from district authorities into consideration, it is of the opinion that it would not be possible to hold elections in some villages within Kolasib district and Aizawl district,” state election commissioner C Ropianga said at a press conference here.(UNI)

Source; The Shillong Times , 23 February 2012

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