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Friday , August 31 , 2012
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Action sought in land scam

Aizawl, Aug. 30: The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes has sought action against a BSF deputy inspector-general for his role in a land acquisition case for the border force at Dawngzawl.

The commission, led by chairman Rameshwar Oraon, held a hearing at Serchhip yesterday after receiving a petition from 17 indigenous land-owners who claimed there were irregularities in the compensation that they received.

The commission found that the deputy inspector-general had cheated the landowners. Based on the hearing yesterday, the commission will send a report to the Union home ministry with its recommendation for action against him.

In 2007, the 17 landowners transferred their land to C. Zokhuma and his family for Rs 70 lakh. But within a month, the BSF acquired the land from the family for Rs 20 crore.

“Obviously, the 17 original landowners were cheated. They got only Rs 70 lakh while Zokhuma’s family received Rs 20 crore,” Oroan said.

He said the commission had already held two meetings in Delhi on this matter.

Rape punishment

The Mizoram Hmeichhe Insuikhawm Pawl, a women’s organisation, has demanded strict punishment for raping a minor.

The group, in a meeting at Aizawl today, said the penalties imposed under the existing rape laws, particularly those involving minors, were “soft”.

Rising cases of minor rape and the inability of the law to act as a deterrent has driven the group to seek outright castration of such offenders.

They also asked women to abstain from having extramarital affairs and strongly criticized lesbians. “If such nefarious partnerships are there in any of the localities we ask the local branches of the MHIP to verify and take steps to stop such undesirable practices,” the resolution said.

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