Peaceful tag a myth: ex-rebel chief Zamawia

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Aizawl, Nov 5 (UNI) Former 'army chief' of erstwhile militant outfit Mizo National Front disagreed with the state government, who calls Mizoram the most peaceful state in India.

Militant chief R Zamawia told news persons on Saturday that he totally disagreed with the tag - 'Mizoram-is-the-most-peaceful-state-in-India'.

Zamawia was speaking as the chief guest at the valedictory function of the two-day North Eastern Council-sponsored national seminar on 'Peace and Development in Mizoram: Role of the State and Civil Society' organised by political science department of the Mizoram University at Tourist Lodge, Chaltlang here.

Considering the proliferations of sophisticated arms and ammunition, drug trafficking, abuse and rape of minors, robbery, unsolved murder cases, protests and demonstrations of different NGOs and government employees, and gradual widening of the gap between the rich and the poor, the state, which had experienced disturbances for 20 years, has long been moving away from peace and development, Zamawia observed.

Zamawia, who had authored the recently released memoirs on the MNF's 'Independent Movement' during 1966-1986, presented a paper on 'Peace and Development: Political Dimension' at the seminar.

UNI

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