Jawans' "misconduct" attempt to defame Mizo IRB forces

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Aizawl, Nov 26 (UNI) Mizoram's 2nd Indian Reserve Battalion commandant today strongly refuted reports of the alleged misconduct by his men, deployed in Naxals-dominated Chhattisgarh, and termed it an attempt by Naxals to tarnish their image.

Commandant PC Lalchhuanawma has counter-alleged that defaming paramilitary forces, through the media, is one of the many tactics of the Naxals.

It has been reported in some national papers that ''an official fact-finding report pointed at Mizo jawans' repeated involvement in excessive drinking, misbehaving with women and terrorising the local people''.

Refuting these reports, the commandant said, ''As this is a very sensitive place, exaggerating things is a common practice. In their attempt to win the confidence of the local people, the Naxals were propagating baseless allegations to defame us,'' and added that the Naga battalion has also been subjected to the same.

The commandant admitted that a few jawans had initially been flambouyant, but said the problem no longer exists. Newspaper reports had stated that there were several charges against the paramilitary forces but this was the first official revelation about the involvement of these forces in frequent violation of Human Rights of the tribals in hyper-sensitive areas.

A police investigation report in Konta (Dantewada) also confirmed that there were several complaints against the Mizo forces of looting local liquor shops and outraging the modesty of women, while another report alleged the Mizo jawans of killing domestic animals of the locals for their consumption and resorting to unnecessary firing to terrorise the rural folk.

UNI

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