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Mizoram Chakma Students’ Union condemns the alleged arson attack on Chakma village

February 29, 2016 09:06PM

Kamalanagar, Feb 29: Mizoram Chakma Students’ Union today condemned the alleged incident of arson attack on Tuichawng Chhuah village on 26th February, 2016 where members alleged to be affiliated to the Mizo Students Union (MSU) set ablaze the lone primary school building of the village and vandalised the house of a villager belonging to the Chakma tribal community in Mizoram’s Lunglei district.  

The Union in a communiqué today expressed its grave concern on the way the Chakma villagers have subjected to regular harassment and threatening from the Mizo Students Union (MSU) despite the villagers having obtained a stay order on the eviction ‘notice’ from the Honourable Guwahati High Court.

The Union claimed that on 8 January 2016, the Guwahati High Court stayed the eviction notice dated 17 December 2015 issued by the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Lunglei district following filing of a writ petition W.P. (C) No. 134 of 2016 by the affected Chakma villagers of Tuichawng Chhuah.

The Union further stated that MSU members have snatched away mobile phones & physically stopped the villagers from capturing their misdeeds on the phone cameras and have warned them of dire consequences if they do not vacate the village within the month of February.

A primary school at Tuichawngchhuah hamlet, said to be an illegal settlement, was torched on Friday afternoon when MSU leaders were there to take stock of the situation after the Lunglei district administration had issued eviction order.

While a group called the Mizoram Chakma Alliance Against Discrimination (MCAAD) alleged that the school was torched by the MSU activists, the MSU said it was the other way round.

The school was burnt while the MSU leaders were there to make it appear that the MSU leaders burnt it, said a statement of MSU.

Four students leader were arrested in connection with the case however they were released soon after  large number of people gathered in front of Chakma House in Lunglei and the police station, demanding their release, even as co-ordination committee of NGOs, comprising MSU, Young Mizo Association, Mizo Upa Pawl (senior citizens), Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (women organisation), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (Mizo students association), ZoRO (Zo Re-unification organisation) and Prism, issued a strongly-worded statement demanding unconditional release of the arrested student leaders.

As per as available official records, the Tuichawng Chhuah villagers have been provided various assistance by the Government of Mizoram since 1977 including Garden Passes, financial assistance for sustainable livelihood under New Land Use Policy (NLUP) programme since 1991, a primary school under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in 2004, electricity since 2012 etc, said the Union.

 Expressing grave concern, the MCSU-Central demanded the immediate reconstruction of the school building so that the students of the village are not affected. It also demanded adequate compensation for the house owner whose house has been vandalised.

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