ASSAM TRIBUNE CORRESPONDENT 

AIZAWL, Feb 18: National Human Rights Commission has admitted a petition that sought probe into the alleged assault on a truck driver by Mizoram Chief Minister’s guards. People’s Representatives for Identity & Status of Mizoram, a new-born political party, on February 14 filed the petition seeking an independent investigation in the incident to book the culprits and compensate the injured person. PRISM president Vanlalruata said NHRC has admitted the petition under case file no. 18768 for investigation. On the night of January 22, Lalbiakzuala, 34, who was driving a timber-laden truck, was assaulted by CM Lal Thanhawla’s security guards for allegedly refusing to give way for the CM’s convoy on National Highway 54. 

Vanlalruata, said the Chief Minister and Home Minister R Lalzirliana had admitted that Lalbiakzuala was assaulted by the security guards. Accompanied by two MLAs, the CM that night was returning with his security guards from Mizoram-Assam border town of Kolasib to Aizawl along the Highway. On the narrow road with uphill gradient near Serkhan village, they caught up with a Tata 207 truck fully loaded with timber. After following it for a distance of around 500 metres, truck driver Lalbiakzuala, a resident of Sihphir village, gave way near Serkhan to the CM’s convoy around 10.30pm. Some vehicles in the convoy stopped near the truck and around 10 armed security guards forcefully pulled down the victim and brutally assaulted him with fists and rifle butts, rendering him unconscious, PRISM had written in the petition. 

Lalbiakzuala had suffered many bruises for which he was admitted to Synod Hospital in Durtlang. PRISM president said the Mizoram Government gave Rs 50,000 hush money to the victim’s father on January 29 following which the FIR (filed by the victim’s father himself) was withdrawn, and the police stopped investigation without any appropriate action. Vanlalruata said that the victim was not happy with how the government dealt with the case. 

Vanlalruata said they had earlier appealed to the State Government to take legal actions, but it remained silent. Considering the assault as an outright violation of human rights, PRISM sought NHRC’s intervention. Earlier, the party had written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi imploring them to order a probe into the assault case and take necessary action but without any response. Lalbiakzuala was discharged on January 29 after undergoing treatment at Synod Hospital for a week. 

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