Sinlung /
06 December 2012

Disunity in Hmar Body Delaying Talks: Mizoram Home Minister

Aizawl, Dec 6 : Mizoram home minister R Lalzirliana on Wednesday justified the state government's refusal to hold further parleys with the Hmar People's Convention (Democrats) militants saying that the government did not know which faction to talk to.

Lalzirliana also alleged that while some militant groups signed Suspension of Operations (SoO) with the security forces in neighbouring Manipur under the supervision of the ministry of home affairs, some factions were indulging in criminal activities, including abduction for ransom, extortion and even armed robbery, rather than depositing their arms in the designated camps in accordance with SoO.

It was not only the militant groups, but also the Hmar community, concentrated in the northeastern parts of Mizoram, adjoining Manipur and the political leaders, who were plagued by disintegration, resulting in major political parties taking advantage of the division for political mileage.

Hmar leaders of the now splintered Hmar People's Convention (HPC), the erstwhile underground outfit which surfaced up, are trying for unity to strengthen their demand for implementation of the 1994 peace accord signed by the Mizoram government with the HPC.

The HPC Memorandum of Settlement Implementation Demand Committee (MoSIDC) set up last July is ready to reach out to New Delhi in their bid to bring the Sinlung Hills Development Council under the Sixth Schedule as agreed in the MoS.

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