Former Hmar rebel to be council CEM

Aizawl: The swearing-in ceremony of the interim council of the Sinlung Hills Council will be held here on Friday, officials sources said on Tuesday.

Aizawl deputy commissioner A. Muthamma will administer the oath of affirmation to all the newly appointed members at a function be held at the deputy commissioner's office chamber here at 10am on Friday, sources said.

Former Hmar People's Convention (Democratic) spokesperson Lathalien, who is also a church leader from Imphal in Manipur, will be sworn in as the chief executive member (CEM), while former HPC (D) working chairman Lalthanglien alias L.T. Hmar of Zohmun village will take oath as the chairman and former deputy army chief of the Hmar militants, Lalbieknung of Saiphai village, will be sworn in as the deputy chairman of the interim council.

The Sinlung Hills Council was set up according to the accord signed by the Mizoram government and the erstwhile HPC (D) on April 2 this year.

The Mizoram government on Monday issued a notification constituting a 12-member interim council of the Sinlung Hills Council. Of the 12 members, three belong to the surrendered HPC (D), while nine members are civilians.

A notification issued by state home department additional secretary Lalbiakzama said the term of the interim council would be for six months, which comes into effect from Monday.

Four persons, Lalthlamuana Hmar, Darliensang Ralsun, J.C. Zairemkunga and Melody Lalchhuangzeli, the daughter of the outfit's ageing chairman H. Zosangbera, we-re appointed executive members.

Apart from them, Roh-ringa Hmar, Rinsanga Ralte, Benjamin, B. Lal-thachhunga and Lalremruata Varte were appointed members of the interim council. The government is yet to appoint two more members from its side.

The peace talks between the Mizoram government and H. Zosangbera-led HPC (D) faction began in 2010 but ended in a deadlock over the extension of period of suspension of operation till 2013.

On 10 August, 2016, the talks were revived, which ultimately culminated in the signing of peace accord on April 2 this year.


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