North East

Sonia appeals for peace in Manipur; PM’s silence continues

Mizoram CM extends help, wishes for safety of 'Zo Ethnic Tribes'

Shillong, June 21: Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday appealed for “peace and harmony” in Manipur, saying the violence has “left a deep wound in the conscience of our nation”.

Taking to Twitter, the chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party said, “I am deeply saddened to see the people forced to flee the only place they call home. I appeal for peace and harmony. Our choice to embark on the path of healing will shape the kind of future that our children will inherit. I have immense hope and faith in the people of Manipur and I know that together we will overcome this ordeal.”


The silence of the country’s prime minister on the deepening crisis continues. Meanwhile, Mizoram has come forward to help Manipur with essentials. A social media post by Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said, “Humanitarian assistance as a responsible Government, we don’t have much but we are ready to share!

“2388.50 quintals of rice issued to Zo ethnic tribes in troubled Manipur areas and internally displaced persons residing in Mizoram by Govt. Of Mizoram, including other relief supplies,” he added.

The post further said a total of 11785 IDPs from Manipur have taken shelter in Mizoram since the eruption of theĀ  ethnic strife.

“Mizoram is currently providing shelter to over 50,000 people from neighbouring Manipur, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Mizoram, an Eternal Home for all Zo Ethnic Tribes! An equally safe haven for non-ethnic & every law-abiding citizen! As much a safe place it is for the Meiteis, we wish to see Manipur a safe place for the law-abiding Zo Ethnic Tribes,” said Zoramthanga.

Both Kuki and Mizo belong to the Zo ethnic tribes.

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