Aizawl: The youth wing of the opposition Congress party has blamed a group of people from outside the state for allegedly staging a demonstration in front of Mizoram chief minister’s office over the Bru issue and demanded the state government to make the identity of the group public.
Some members of the youth Congress members on Friday tried to meet chief minister Zoramthanga at his office to ascertain the identity of the group. However, a minor scuffle erupted after the police personnel on duty prevented the youth Congress members from entering into the chief minister’s office (CMO).
Speaking with EastMojo, Congress youth wing president Dr Lalmalsawma Nghaka said that nearly 150 people belonging to a Madhya Pradesh-based Bharat Hitaraksha Abhiyan (BHA) had staged a demonstration in front of the CMO on September 7, seeking certain privileges for the Bru refugees, who are to be repatriated to Mizoram from Tripura in October.
Among others, the group sought ‘group settlement’ and better protection for the Bru refugees when they settled in Mizoram.
Nghaka also said that the BHA, which has links with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), entered Mizoram from Tripura through the Kanhmun police check gate on the Mizoram-Tripura border on September 6.
He alleged that the group had complained the Mizo people, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social networking site Twitter, stating that the Mizo Christians are persecuting the Bru tribals for over many years.
The Congress youth leader said that the youth members attempted to meet Zoramthanga on Friday to ascertain the identity of the group and submit a memorandum on Bru issue. However, they were failed to do so as they were blocked and denied entry into the CMO by state police, he regretted.
Nghaka also alleged that the state government concealed the identities of the people whether or not they entered Mizoram without valid Inner Line Permit (ILP) as it is tying up with the BJP. “We strongly demand the state government to reveal the identity of the group and what was written in the memorandum,” he said.
Nghaka also expressed disappointment for the denial of the local youths to enter the CMO while outsiders could do so.
Earlier, state’s apex and one of the most influential student bodies, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), had strongly opposed the intervention of outsiders on the issue of Bru refugees, which they claimed, was an internal issue.
The student body had also expressed disapproval of the BHA members staging demonstration in front of the CMO on Bru issue and said that no outsiders should intervene in the internal issue of the state.
More than 4,000 Bru families will be repatriated from six relief camps in Tripura to Mizoram starting from October 1.