The Joint Movement Committee of Jampui Hill Mizo Convention and Kanchanpur Nagarik Suraksha Manch commenced their indefinite hunger strike today 10 June at Netaji Club, Kanchanpur, the Subdivisional Headquarters of Kanchanpur Subdivision, North Tripura.
The participants observed all lockdown rules and maintain physical distance.
The Joint Movement Committee has been demanding settlement of Mizoram’s displaced Brus outside of Kanchanpur subdivision and outside of anywhere near the traditional boundary of Mizo inhabitat Jampui Hill.
Initially the government proposed five sites of Kanchanpur subdivision for the displaced Mizoram Bru settlement, namely Anondo Bazar CCRF, Gachirampara CCRF, Manu Chailengta RF, Paschim Hmunpui and Behliangchhip mouzas, which the local inhabitants strongly opposed from the start.
The Joint Movement Committee resorted to stage this indefinite hunger strike in protest against the government’s brutal way of implementation of the settlement without consulting and taking the locals into confidence. “As we are original inhabitants of the land, the government must accept us as most vital stakeholders and as a solution; and not see us as problems. It must create room for dialogue for successful joint problem solving of the long-standing Mizoram Bru problems”, says Dr Zairemthiama Pachuau, Chairman of the Joint Movement Committee and General Secretary of Mizo Convention.