Mizoram parties unite against HC order

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Aizawl, Jun 23(UNI) As Gauhati High Court's interim order has evoked widespread insecurity among the Mizos who think that their only safeguard from demographic invasion is being 'shaken,' the Mizoram government today convened an all-party meeting, including the NGOs and the churches.

The High Court had recently ordered the Mizoram government to stop, arrest and deport any Indian national on the ground that he/she does not possess the Inner Line Permit until further orders.

State Home Minister Tawnluia in the meeting today thanked all political parties and NGOs for their 'solidarity' against the HC's order that challenges the constitutional validity of the Inner Line Permit/Regulation.

The meeting unanimously resolved to have an inter-state consultation with Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh who also have the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 (or ILP/R) mandated by the British to protect the indigenous tribals of these states from assimilation by the numerically larger plain people.

The meeting agreed to appeal the Mizoram Governor to summon a one-day special Assembly session to discuss the controversial High Court order.

Lastly, the all-party meeting also decided to organise a statewide protest day for which the state's largest NGO Young Mizo Association is being entrusted to spearhead the event.

In the meantime, the meeting also appealed the general public not to panic, but to respect the HC order, and to abstain from harassing any non-Mizo resident.

Meanwhile, the Mizoram government has taken all legal procedures to challenge the HC order.

UNI ZS KK AM AS1804

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