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11 July 2012

Mizo Students Demand Apology On 'Stray Dogs' Remark

Aizawl, Jul 11 : Taking a strong exception to the stray-dogs-for-Mizoram remark made by Punjab MLA Ajit Singh Mofar, Mizo Zirlai Pawl, apex students' body of Mizoram, has demanded apology from the Congress legislator.

Reacting to Mofar's statement in the Punjab state assembly that "stray dogs would be more useful" in Mizoram, Nagaland or China,' the MZP said that stray dogs would not be of any use in Mizoram.

The MZP also made it clear that though there are some people in Mizoram who eat dog meat, the meats are of well-fed and healthy dogs certified by veterinarians. "We would like to bring to your notice that no one here eats the meat of stray dogs," said the MZP representation, faxed to the MLA today.

Therefore, describing Mizoram as a dumping ground for unwanted stray dogs was derogatory and uncalled-for, the letter said.

Terming Mofar's remark as "discriminatory" and "racist" which hurt the sentiments of the Mizos, the MZP demanded the MLA apologise to the people of Mizoram as early as possible.

The MZP further advised Mofar, being a public leader, never to hurt the sentiments of others, particularly as a region, as such a remark will jeopardises the national integrity of India.

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