Media whitewashes Christian terrorism against Hindus as ‘Ethnic Problem’

published on December 2, 2009

The plight of Reangs of Mizoram who consider themselves Hindus

Source: www.organiser.org

The Central and Tripura governments have asked Mizoram to resolve the long-standing deadlock on the repatriation of 35,000 Reang refugees to the state, said Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

The Reang tribal refugees, locally called Bru, have also sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention to solve the 12-year-old ethnic crisis in Mizoram, bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh.

“Home Minister P Chidambaram told me that he talked to Mizoram Chief Minister Lalthanhawla to break the impasse over the ethnic troubles,’ Sarkar told the media persons.

The tribal refugees’ repatriation from Tripura to Mizoram has further turned complicated with violent mobs in the western Mizoram burning down around 490 houses of Reang tribals following the gunning down of a Mizo youth.

Following the arson and subsequent ethnic trouble, around 5,000 displaced Reang tribals have taken shelter in adjacent southern Assam and in northern Tripura. Most of the displaced men, women and children are still living either in the jungle or under the open sky.

Over 35,000 Reang tribal refugees have been living in six north Tripura camps since 1997 after they fled Mizoram following ethnic clashes with the majority Mizos after the killing of a Mizo forest official.

The tribal refugees, in a letter to the Prime Minister, demanded his urgent intervention to resolve the stalemate over their repatriation and recent ethnic troubles.

‘While tri-partite talks were on with the Mizoram government and with the active participation of the Union Home Ministry, on the pretext of a murder of a Mizo youth, a section of Mizos indiscriminately attacked the Reang tribals, burnt down their houses in western part of the state,’ said the letter written by Elvis Chorkhy, the president of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF), an organisation of the Reang tribal refugees.

The MBDPF also demanded immediate deployment of Central Para Military Force (CPMF) in the Reang tribal dominated districts – Mamit and Kolashib in western Mizoram.

Meanwhile, the Mizoram government has announced a compensation of Rs 10,000 each for Reang families who fled to neighbouring states following the violence after the killing of the Mizo youth at Bungthuman village in Mamit district.

A high level delegation led by assembly Speaker R.Romawia and Health and Family Welfare Minister Lalhingriano Sailo visited Mizo dominated villages in north Tripura and Reang tribal dominated areas in western Mizoram.

Similarly, a delegation of Tripura tribal leaders led by Tribal Autonomous District Council (TADC) chairman Santi Ranjan Reang had visited Jampui and Kanchanpur and spoke to the affected tribals.

Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana earlier told reporters in Aizawl that ’shoot-at-sight’ orders have been issued to bring the situation under control. He said 10 people have been arrested for the arson.

He said a large police contingent and senior police officials have been camping in the violence-hit areas.

Riangs, like Kashmiri Hindus, have been hounded out of Mizoram, a Christian majority state, for refusing to convert to christianism superstitious belief and escape mainly Christian missionary-backed atrocities. In 1997, ethnic cleansing of Reangs, 45,000 were forced (Organizer) into Tripura by Christian terrorists. In this year 2009, the Christian fanatics have again forced 5,000 Reangs to flee to neighbouring Tripura.

Media is terming this an ethnic problem but a similar ethnic problem in Kandhamal was never written as one even though it was an ethnic problem too. This is a lie, it is Christian terrorism against minority Hindus in their state which is being white washed as an ethnic problem to hide the vile agenda of Christian terrorists.

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