AR removal tops Zoramthanga concerns

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Aizawl, Nov 7 (UNI) Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, in a memorandum submitted to the Centre during his recent visit to New Delhi, has requested for the immediate removal of the Assam Rifles (AR).

Official sources said here today that the Chief Minister met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi separately and urged them to expedite the removal of the AR, which, he said, was late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assurance to the people of the state after the signing of the peace accord between the Centre and Mizo National Front (MNF) in 1986.

''Now, with an MNF government at Aizawl and a Congress-led UPA government at New Delhi, this is the right time to realise the late Prime Minister's assurance,'' Mr Zoramthanga said to the Centre's top officials.

Official sources stated that the Prime Minister heard the Chief Minister's enthusiastic appeal attentively.

Since Mizoram became a state in 1986, removal of the more than 100-year-old AR from the city, had found a prominent place in all the parties' election manifestoes, the realisation of which is yet to be seen.

Meanwhile, the para-military force was being proposed to be shifted to Zokhawsanga, a few kms east of Aizawl.

State government officials said the new headquarters was being constructed.

A full-fledged sports stadium was also proposed to be constructed on the AR grounds at Aizawl.

UNI

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