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Hmar outfit chief ousted

Silchar, Nov. 16: The Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) announced early this week that its founder chairman Lalhmingthanga Sanate was removed from his post on September 29, for his overt proximity with a Kuki rebel outfit.

Sanate lost his post following a feud in the group two months ago.

But when Sanate, 47, was sacked, no reason was cited as to why the founder was ousted.

The HPC (D) has announced in a press note that Sanate was removed as he signed a deed of agreement with a Kuki rebel group, the Kuki National Organisation, which apart from making inroads into Dima Hasao district, is also active in Mizoram and Manipur.

Describing this agreement as an act of going against the group’s interests and aspirations, the press note declared that the HPC (D) leadership has ultimately termed it null and void.

The HPC (D) has also declared that its executive council, a 12-member supreme war council, has approved of Sanate’s sacking.

According to police headquarters in Aizawl, the HPC (D), a 12-year-old group, now commands a support base of about 200 Hmar youths spread over Mizoram, Manipur and Cachar and Dima Hasao districts of Assam.

After his ouster, Sanate has quietly left Dima Hasao for Manipur to meet his followers there. It is, however, not yet confirmed if Sanate has floated a dissident body of the HPC(D).

Intelligence sources in Aizawl and Haflong said with the ouster of Sanate from the core group of the HPC(D), a feud in this outfit has come out in the open.

Sources said while the dissidents in the group were in favour of peace talks with the Centre to realise its demands, the mainstream group led by its information secretary John F. Hmar is against dialogue.

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