72-hour bandh in poll-bound Mizoram

Public information systems have been calling out volunteers to report for duty at major streets.

Aizawl | Updated: April 7, 2014 10:50 am

A 72-hour statewide total bandh was clamped on poll-bound Mizoram from 5 am Monday morning with just a trickle of poll officials scheduled to leave capital Aizawl to head for rural polling stations having assembled at a designated meeting point, a senior police official said.

Mizoram goes to polls for it’s lone Lok Sabha seat on Wednesday, April 9, but mass-based voluntary Mizo organizations have called for a boycott of the polls and imposed the bandh to protest against the ECI’s decision to allow displaced Brus to vote in the elections from neighboring Tripura.

“There are just a handful of officials as of now at High Field although many of them were scheduled to start from here at 7 am. Only policemen are to be seen, and most of the officials have called in to say they cannot come because of the bandh,” the police officer said at half-past 7.

Meanwhile public information systems have been calling out volunteers to report for duty at major streets and road links to block any vehicular movement or other activity. There has been no reports of violence so far.

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    Lal Hmingmawia
    Apr 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm
    Brus have been residing in Mizoram for sometimes now. Widespread protestwas triggered when Bru militants murdered two Mizo forest guards on October 21,1997. As a result of this, there was fear psychosis among the Brus that theMizo will retaliate and fled to Tripura. Despite the effort of the Governmentof Mizoram several times attempting to repatriate those who are originated fromMizoram with a promise to rehabilitate them. No matter what, the Brus who arein the Transit Camp refused to come back to Mizoram, perhaps they are receivingfree ration from the Central Government which give more comfort. The effort ofthe Mizoram Government and the sentiments of the Mizo people go unheard. Ratherthan isting the effort of the Mizoram Government, the Election Commission ofIndia has been allowing the Brus to cast votes from Transit Camp in Tripura to makethe matter worse and the effort to repatriate Brus from Transit Camp in Tripurato return to Mizoram make futile. This has been protested by the Mizo throughnumeous NGOs several times earlier and the Government of Mizoram also. Havingfailed in all these respects, the Mizo do not have other alternative, except toorganise m protest by calling the Statewide bandh. This does not mean thatthe Mizo are against Brus and casting their votes. We will happily welcome ifthey return to their home and cast their votes from the soil of Mizoram.
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      Lal Hmingmawia
      Apr 9, 2014 at 2:01 am
      Brus have been residing in Mizoram for sometimes now. Widespread protestwas triggered when Bru militants murdered two Mizo forest guards on October 21,1997. As a result of this, there was fear psychosis among the Brus that theMizo will retaliate and fled to Tripura. Despite the effort of the Governmentof Mizoram several times attempting to repatriate those who are originated fromMizoram with a promise to rehabilitate them. No matter what, the Brus who arein the Transit Camp refused to come back to Mizoram, perhaps they are receivingfree ration from the Central Government which give more comfort. The effort ofthe Mizoram Government and the sentiments of the Mizo people go unheard. Ratherthan isting the effort of the Mizoram Government, the Election Commission ofIndia has been allowing the Brus to cast votes from Transit Camp in Tripura tomake the matter worse and the effort to repatriate Brus from Transit Camp inTripura to return to Mizoram make futile. This has been protested by the Mizothrough numeous NGOs several times earlier and the Government of Mizoram also.Having failed in all these respects, the Mizo do not have other alternative,except to organise m protest by calling the Statewide bandh. This does notmean that the Mizo are against Brus and casting their votes. We will happilywelcome if they return to their home and cast their votes from the soil ofMizoram.
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        Lal Hmingmawia
        Apr 9, 2014 at 2:19 am
        Brus have been residing in Mizoram for sometimes now. Widespread protestwas triggered when Bru militants murdered two Mizo forest guards on October 21,1997. As a result of this, there was fear psychosis among the Brus that theMizo will retaliate and fled to Tripura. Despite the effort of the Governmentof Mizoram several times attempting to repatriate those who are originated fromMizoram with a promise to rehabilitate them. No matter what, the Brus who arein the Transit Camp refused to come back to Mizoram, perhaps they are receivingfree ration from the Central Government which give more comfort. The effort ofthe Mizoram Government and the sentiments of the Mizo people go unheard. Ratherthan isting the effort of the Mizoram Government, the Election Commission ofIndia has been allowing the Brus to cast votes from Transit Camp in Tripura tomake the matter worse and the effort to repatriate Brus from Transit Camp inTripura to return to Mizoram make futile. This has been protested by the Mizothrough numeous NGOs several times earlier and the Government of Mizoram also.Having failed in all these respects, the Mizo do not have other alternative,except to organise m protest by calling the Statewide bandh. This does notmean that the Mizo are against Brus and casting their votes. We will happilywelcome if they return to their home and cast their votes from the soil ofMizoram.
        Reply