Guwahati: The All Assam Manipuri Students’ Union (AAMS) central committee has issued a press note on Monday countering the advisory of Peace Accord MN Returnees Association (PAMRA) on July 21 which, as a direct fallout, lead to the exodus of Meiteis living in Mizoram state — most of them students, government employees, and others working in private sectors.
“The unruly behaviour of Mizoram has already escalated anger among the Meiteis of Assam,” AAMS said.
Stating that most of the Meiteis living in Mizoram are from (Southern) Assam, “therefore for their own safety we advise the Mizos living in the Meitei areas of Barak Valley to vacate the area at earliest time possible.
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The AAMS in the press note said the exodus of Meiteis following a warning issued by surrendered militant group PAMRA is very regretful and that the “Mizoram (both government and elite groups) is involved in fueling the violence from the beginning.”
The Assam Manipuri students accused MZP that it issued a threatening notice to the Meiteis living in Mizoram on 30th April, 2023 even before the Kuki narco terrorist declared war upon native Meiteis in Manipur on 3rd May,2023. To this end AAMS said “The Meiteis in Assam would extend any possible and necessary support to our kins.”
Further, the All Assam Manipuri Students’ Union stated that the recovery of arms and other war materials in Mizoram by security forces meant for Kuki militants to create havoc in Manipur as well as provocative speeches against Meitei in the name of Zo solidarity says it all.
“At this crucial juncture of the Manipur turmoil we stand in solidarity of our Meitei kins in Manipur who are being attacked by war monger Kuki Zo tribes. The government of Mizoram should stop playing double game by pretending to show concern for Meiteis on one hand and giving free hand to anti-Manipur activities in Mizoram by allowing to target the helpless Meiteis on the other hand,” AAMS further added.
It it worth noting that the Peace Accord MN Returnees Association (PAMRA) clarified that the press release issued by them was an “advisory requesting Meiteis living in Mizoram to exercise caution in the light of public sentiments regarding the ongoing ethnic conflict in Manipur and was not a diktat or a quit notice to Meiteis.”
However, AAMSU on the same day of issuing the press statement clarified that the intent was misinterpreted as quit notice to Mizos from Barak Valley.
“AAMSU only advises the Mizo Missionaries in Meitei village to take precautions for their own safety as the act of Mizoram government has caused anger upon Manipuris in Assam. So far the Mizo missionaries have been living within the Meiteis as families and we shall continue to stay in harmony forever,” it later clarified.