AIZAWL: In preparation for a significant state-wide solidarity protest, the Mizoram police have intensified security measures. The demonstration, organized by the NGO Co-Ordination Committee, a conglomerate of five major civil society organizations, aims to extend support to the Zo ethnic people in strife-torn Manipur and condemn the atrocities committed against tribal communities. Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA) and Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) are among the participating organizations in the massive demonstration scheduled for Tuesday.
A crucial meeting presided over by Mizoram’s Director General of Police (DGP), Anil Shukla, was convened on Sunday to assess security arrangements and deployments. The meeting also focused on reviewing measures taken to ensure the safety and security of Meiteis in various parts of the state.
During the meeting, Shukla emphasized the importance of proper deployment, patrolling, and vigilance, especially in vulnerable areas, to prevent any untoward incidents. He directed police officials to maintain a sufficient number of reserve forces with vehicles and officers for quick deployment and response in case of any incident within their designated areas.
To ensure the effectiveness of security measures, the DGP and a team of senior police officials conducted spot inspections at locations in Aizawl where the procession will take place on Tuesday. The state police, in collaboration with administrative officials, are closely monitoring the situation.
The statement released by the police highlighted their dedication to safeguarding all citizens and promoting communal harmony. They also urged civil society organizations, NGOs, and the general public to assist them in maintaining peace and tranquility during the protest.
Despite the state government’s assurances of safety, nearly 80 Meitei people left for Manipur on different flights on Sunday, according to an official. A total of 78 Meiteis living in Mizoram returned to Manipur in three flights on Sunday. Additionally, 65 Meitei individuals returned to Imphal on Saturday following an advisory by an ex-militants association to leave for their “own safety.” In response to the prevailing situation in the neighboring state, at least 31 Mizo students have also returned to Mizoram after a video showing two Kuki women being paraded naked went viral.
Contrary to a section of media reports, there have been no arrangements made for special flights for the Meiteis as of now, clarified the principal consultant for civil aviation, J. Lalhmingliana. In conclusion, Mizoram is taking extensive security measures to ensure the peaceful conduct of the state-wide solidarity protest in support of the Zo ethnic people in Manipur and to condemn the atrocities against tribal communities. The police, along with civil society organizations and the general public, are working together to maintain communal harmony and safeguard the well-being of all citizens.