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19 November 2012

Hmar Militant Chief Hospitalised in Aizawl

Aizawl, Nov 19 : Detained Hmar People Convention (Democratic) ‘commander-in-chief’ Lalropuia, who is currently lodged at the Aizawl Central Jail, has been reportedly hospitalised since November 10 at Aizawl Civil Hospital after he suffered from high blood pressure while on his way to the Aizawl Bench of the Gauhati High Court for his hearing on November 9.

According to a delayed reports received, Lalropuia who is suffering from diabetes is also a tuberculosis patient. His condition is said to be critical.
He is reportedly been kept in a general ward at the Aizawl Civil Hospital.

According to doctors at the hospital, they cannot refer the HPC (D) leader to a private hospital unless a directive is issued to them by the Home department of the Mizoram government.

Lalropuia was arrested along with his deputy on June 10, 2012 at Silchar Airport by Mizoram Police while on their way to meet the All Party Leaders Committee (APLC) of Sinlung Hills Development Council (SHDC) to re-initiate peace process after the failed Suspension of Operations (SoO) signed between the Mizoram government and the HPC (D) in 2010.

It can also be noted that in the month of May this year the Hmar People's Convention (HPC) General Headquarters, Sakawrdai Mizoram had alleged that the Mizoram government was reluctant in implementing the Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) signed in 1994. The Hmar outfit then accused that the intervention of Young Mizo Association (YMA) recently in the HPC's demand for Autonomous District Council under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, had been acting as disintegration force of the Mizos rather than unifying the community.

The HPC had said that when Mizoram was given the status of Union Territory under Government of Union Territories (Amendment) Act, 1971 and North Eastern areas (Re-organisation) Act 1971, it had been deleted from  Sixth Schedule Para 20, Part III since 29 April  1972. "It no longer was Tribal Area, which will be regretted in future, and the then Mizo leaders are responsible for this.  The districts of Lai, Mara and Chakma are the only districts under the Sixth Schedule. All these districts are within Mizoram, and are still administered by the ministers and government officials, and they never separated themselves from Mizoram, nor can’t they do so. Likewise, the Hmar people have simply demanded the creation of Autonomous District Council, which will but safeguard the Mizos", the HPC had stated.

The Hmar outfit then quoted the MoS between the HPC and the Mizoram Government signed in 1994 which says, “The Government of Mizoram has appreciated the concern and pressing demand of the HPC delegation particularly regarding the political safeguard as available under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India. Accordingly, the government of Mizoram will take immediate measures for inclusion of an area to be specified with the HPC Demand Area of Mizoram and the other non-schedule areas of Mizoram in the schedule (Tribal) Area of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India so that the above-mentioned areas are safeguarded under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.”

"After such long period from 1994, the Mizoram government is not fulfilling its promise, just because it doesn’t take steps to fulfill", the HPC stated, adding that in comparison that, the Indian Government was very faithful as it fulfilled the MoS which it signed with the Mizo National Front (MNF) in 1986.
The HPC then accused the Young Mizo Association (YMA) of disintegrating the Mizos rather than uniting the community. "The YMA is apprehensive that the creation of Autonomous District Council is threatening the Mizo integration," the Hmar outfit had added.

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