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Aizawl | Sunday, Feb 28 2016 IST
 
Tension cooled down in Lunglei and Aizawl today after an unconditional release of Mizo Students Union (MSU) activists arrested in connection with the torching of a school in a Chakma-inhabited hamlet in Lunglei district on Friday last.

The chief judicial magistrate of Lunglei district late on Saturday afternoon unconditionally released four MSU activists including president P C Lalrinhlua and three other MSU general headquarters (Aizawl) leaders and four leaders of MSU Lunglei regional headquarters.

The release came after a large number of people gathered in front of Chakma House in Lunglei and the police station, demanding their release, even as co-ordination committee of NGOs, comprising MSU, Young Mizo Association, Mizo Upa Pawl (senior citizens), Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (women organisation), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (Mizo students association), ZoRO (Zo Re-unification organisation) and Prism, issued a strongly-worded statement demanding unconditional release of the arrested student leaders.

A primary school at Tuichawngchhuah hamlet, said to be an illegal settlement, was torched on Friday afternoon when MSU leaders were there to take stock of the situation after the Lunglei district administration had issued eviction order.

While a group called the Mizoram Chakma Alliance Against Discrimination (MCAAD) alleged that the school was torched by the MSU activists, the MSU said it was the other way round.

The school was burnt while the MSU leaders were there to make it appear that the MSU leaders burnt it, said a statement of MSU.

The MSU, said that Tuichhawngchhuah, near Tuichawng village in western part of Lunglei district, was illegally set up by Chakma migrants.

The students union had alo even issued a diktat to the inhabitants to leave before December last year.

On December 17, 2015, the additional deputy commissioner of Lunglei district issued eviction notice to the 49 Chakma families of Tuichawng Chhuah to vacate the hamlet. A Chakma group challenged the eviction order in the Guwahati High Court which issued a stay order dated January 8.

Meanwhile, the NGOs coordination committee in Aizawl comprising YMA, MUP, MHIP, MZP and MSU called off the proposed protest rally tomorow after the unconditional release of the students leaders.UNI ZS AKM ADG AN1825

-- (UNI) -- C-1-DL0213-612694.Xml

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