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YMA’s stand on Bru issue
Published on 1 Dec. 2009 11:35 PM IST
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: Though there has been no report of untoward incident in and around Mamit district of Mizoram after the intervention of state government and several NGOs but tension still seems to simmer among the Mizos and the Brus. Leaders of Central Young Mizo Association (C-YMA) have made a spot visit of the troubled-torn district last week. YMA’s findings have confirmed the fact that albeit no incident of killings took place in the aftermath of the brutal killing of Bungthuam’s youth Zarzokima (18) but the people the area are apprehensive of any communal riots that may revive the episode of 1997’s clash which the consequence is clearly visible at most part of refugee camps in Tripura. According to a Sinlung report, in connection with the recent incidents, the powerful C-YMA today reiterates its stand that the organization would not accept any move by the state government in regards to repatriation if Bru people do not shun violence, extortion which threatens peace and harmony of the Mizoram. This was adopted by NGOs of the state on January 24, 2006. “The Bru people should first stop the gun culture, extortion before heading for repatriation”, said Lalchungnunga, president of C-YMA today. CYMA also asked the state government to nab the killers who called themselves as Bru Revolutionary Army (BRU) and award befitting punishment. Lalchungnunga added, “C-YMA would take every step to safeguard the peaceful state of Mizoram from violence, killings, extortion. So for this purpose the organization is always ready to lend a helping hand to the state government”. CYMA also lauded the state government’s measures for providing necessary security to the Mizos at Jampui hill range. The statement of CYMA further urged the state government to provide rehabilitation materials to the displaced Mizo families at Sakhan Serhmun, Sakhan Tlangsang, Sakhan Tualsen and New Dosda. The central government, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Asian Centre for Human Rights and Mizoram Human Rights should know whose rights (Mizo or Bru rights) to blame and praise because till then no Bru was killed by the Mizo while as many as 12 Mizos have been killed at the hands of Bru. Lalchungnunga urged the Mizos to be united instead of playing politics with the issue. “As this issue is not a small one, rather it is a community based issue so every individual has a duty to contribute for the integrity of the Mizos”, he urged.

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