* Rally protests government’s ‘inhuman attitude’ towards Bengali refugees in Tripura
Agartala: The situation in Kanchanpur sub-division bordering Mizoram is gradually worsening as several Lusai organizations including the Young Mizo Association have joined hands with the Nagarik Suraksha Manch to start an indefinite strike throughout the sub-division from Wednesday to protest against the government’s “inhuman attitude” towards the Bengali refugees staying in Ananda Bazar Police Station, stoppage of relief and the government move to rehabilitate Reang refugees at Kanchanpur.
The sub-division witnessed a weeklong indefinite strike after the December 10 incident when Reang refugees attacked Bengali villages in the name of anti-CAA agitation rendering several hundred homeless. The strike was withdrawn following an assurance from the government but none of the assurances were implemented.
This time, the situation is likely to be more volatile as five Lusai (Mizo) organizations have joined hands with the Suraksha Manch. These are Mizo Convention, Young Mizo Association, MUP, NCU and MHIP.
They are aggrieved as Mizo’s residing in Sakhan, Shermon and Upper Dasda also were evicted due to depredations by the Reang refugees. Ranjit Kumar Nath, president of the Suraksha Manch, described the State Government action to discontinue relief in the Bengali refugee camps as inhuman, forcing the families to starve. Many of them are already suffering due to malnutrition and there is also no medical facility. Zaiem Thema Pachual, general secretary of Mizo Convention, said the bandh will cause many problem for the common people especially the students as the examinations are near but our hands are tied as our very existence is being threatened