Mizoram Govt, Hmar outfit to sign peace pact on April 2AIZAWL, March 30: Mizoram Government and Hmar People’s Convention-Democratic (HPC-D) are all set to sign a peace agreement on Easter Monday, April 2. This was stated by Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on the last day of the State Assembly budget session on Thursday. This is a follow-up to the terms of agreement signed between Mizoram Government and the low-profile Zosangbera faction of HPC-D. The other faction led by HPC-D founder president Lalhmingthang Sanate refused to talk with the government, sticking to its demands for autonomous district council for the Hmars in Mizoram. 

HPC (D) is a faction of HPC which had signed a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) with Mizoram Government in 1994. Dissatisfied with the peace agreement, some leaders had formed HPC(D), which later launched an armed struggle for Hmar autonomy in the north and north-eastern parts of Mizoram. A few years back, HPC (D) had split into two factions – one led by Zosangbera and the other presided over by Sanate. Sanate was arrested by Assam Police last month on murder charges. It may be mentioned here that the parent organisation, the erstwhile Hmar People’s Convention (HPC), was formed in 1986 soon after Mizo National Front led by Laldenga and Indian Government signed the Mizo Accord. Some Hmar leaders felt that the Accord did not address the creation of a greater Mizoram comprising Hmar-inhabited areas in Mizoram, Assam and Manipur. 

The HPC laid down arms in 1994 following a peace accord signed with Mizoram Government to establish the Sinlung Hills Development Council. Dissatisfied with the accord, a section of the outfit took up arms again a year later and formed the HPC (D). Besides more autonomy to Sinlung Hills District Council, HPC-D demands proper rehabilitation package for its cadres after they give up arms. -ZODIN SANGA

Newmai News adds: The HPC-D which has been pressing for an autonomous district council in Mizoram decided to end over two decades of hostilities with the government by agreeing to settle for a watereddown version of local self-governance in the form of Sinlung Hills Council. The CM said that the rebels had earlier laid down some arms at Sesawng. “However, in that event, not a single sophisticated weapons were included. Some were as rudimentary as pipe guns. This time both sides seriously worked for peace and everything has been worked out. Mizoram government will be represented by the Chief Secretary, he added. According to sources, the arms laying down ceremony will be held on April 12 at Sesawng, about 39 km from Aizawl.

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