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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bru Students’ Association threatens agitation

SILCHAR, Nov 19: The Bru Students’ Association (BSA) has threatened mass agitation with the support of the All Dimasa Students’ Union (ADSU), All Assam Rongmei Naga Students’ Union (AARNSU), Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) and the All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS) if the Central Government and the Mizoram Government fail to take effective steps to contain violence and atrocities on the Reangs by the Mizos. It has also demanded measures for the rehabilitation of the affected tribesmen of 13 villages in the districts of Mamit and Kolasib.

At a press meet held in the premises of Dimasa Sanskrit Parishad here today, jointly addressed by the five organizations, BSA leaders Dolly Reang and Bidyajoy Reang along with others expressed serious concern over the torture and harassment on the Brus and indiscriminate burning of their houses by Mizo miscreants. They warned that they would not remain mute spectators to such tragedy if there was no check on it.

The leaders claimed that a Mizo youth was killed by unidentified miscreants on November 13 at Bungthun village along the Mizoram-Tripura border. Following this incident, Mizos living in the area without definite proof about the assailant swooped down on Reang villages and caused widespread arson. They blamed the Mizo Zirlai Pawl and the Young Mizo Association for instigating violence.

According to the five organizations, 232 Reang families have taken shelter in Hailakandi district while 191 have taken shelter in Karimganj district. The Brus who have been living for centuries in Mizoram could not be dubbed as nomads and are very much a part of that territory, they said. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the Mizoram Government to give protection to all its people, regardless of tribes and faiths, they added. They also sought the intervention of the Central Government for the safety and security of the Brus and for proper implementation of the peace accord signed between the Bru National Liberation Front and the Government of Mizoram. THE SENTINEL

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