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Minister warns HPC-D cadres

Aizawl, Oct. 5 (PTI): Mizoram home minister R. Lalzirliana today warned that north-east parts of the state might be declared “disturbed areas”, if the Hmar People’s Convention (D) militants continue to intimidate people of the area.

Lalzirliana told reporters today that HPC (D) cadres were intimidating political parties and the people living under Sinlung Hills Development Council.

They were also instructing parties not to field candidates in village council elections to be held on October 18 in 15 villages.

The polls to 15 village councils under the hill council was not held along with the rest of the village councils on February 23, owing to intimidation by HPC (D) militants.

“If the militants continue their violent activities, the area may have to be placed under the control of not only the state police but also paramilitary forces,” he said.

No nominations were filed till 3pm yesterday, the last day of filing nominations, prompting the State Election Commission to extend the last date of filing of nominations to October 9.