Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuichawng Chhuah violence: A group of people claiming to be from MSU burnt down Govt Primary School on 26 February 2016

On 26.2.2016, a group of Mizo students claiming themselves to belong to Mizo Students Union (MSU), an influential student body, allegedly burnt down the  Government Primary School at Tuichawng chhuah village under Tlabung Police Station in Lunglei district of Mizoram, according to reports received from various Chakma NGOs working on the ground, including Mizoram Chakma Alliance Against Discrimination (MCAAD), the Young Chakma Association (YCA) and Mizoram Chakma Students Union (MCSU) and the villagers of Tuichawng Chhuah who filed a police complaint against the MSU at Tlabung Police Station after the arson.

After the violence, the Mizoram government took prompt action by providing security to the Chakma villagers by stationing Mizoram Armed Police personnel at Tuichawng Chhauh village.

The MSU in a statement has denied the allegations that it had anything to do with the burning down of the school at Tuichawng Chhuah but media reported that 9 top leaders of MSU were arrested by Lunglei Police in connection with the torching of the school and put behind bars for one day, before they were released after strong protests by the Joint Mizo NGOs.

The minority Chakma families have been living at Tuichawng Chhuah for over four decades and the government of Mizoram has extended all the facilities including school, assistance under New Land Use Policy, ration card, voter cards, electricity etc. However, out of a sudden on 17.12.2015, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Lunglei District, Mizoram issued eviction notice to 49 Chakma minority families of Tuichawng Chhuah to vacate the village. A writ petition No. WP(C) 134/2016 was filed before the Guwahati High Court which in its order dated 08.01.2016 stayed the eviction order of the Mizoram Govt.

Below are some of the media coverage of the incident.

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