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Saturday, November 28, 2009

All Bru Students’ Association (ABSA) demands repatriation of Reangs

SILCHAR, Nov 28: Hundreds of Bru students under the All Bru Students’ Association (ABSA) led by their president Dolly Reang staged a protest demonstration infront of the Cachar Deputy Commissioner’s office and Mizoram House demanding, among others, protection of their tribesmen and rehabilitation package for them. The Association members and supporters, after submitting a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, marched down through the main road of the town and reached Mizoram House at Sonai Road, located three kms away.

In their identical memorandum to liasion officer of Mizoram House Purelian Chinzah, ABSA narrated the sequences of events leading to the assault and killing of Reangs in different parts of Mamit and Kolasib districts by Mizo miscreants and sought their safe return to their native villages. The memorandum rued at the fact that more than 5,000 Reangs had been displaced from their hearths and homes during this orgy of violence and 35,000 of them had to flee Mizoram on the same ground who continue to languish in six camps at Kanchanpur in Tripura.

The memorandum also appended a detailed list of the villages, the number of families and the exact population affected in the disturbances and in view of the contradictory statements by the Mizoram Government and the NGOs, ABSA pressed for investigation into the entire gamut of violence and its fallout by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), besides immediate central intervention. It also demanded repatriation of all the Reang refugees with adequate security cover to them.

The memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner was to exert pressure on the Centre for its intervention and also for the restoration of democratic rights and human justice. In their representation to the liaison officer, it sought positive action by the Mizoram Government in order to create a congenial atmosphere for the return of the refugees. THE SENTINEL

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