Aizawl, Dec 2: The state government on Tuesday announced a monetary reward of Rs1(one) lakh each for anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of five militants who were allegedly involved in the ambush of state assembly assurance committee convoy on March 28.
Home department official statement said that recently the government came to learn another five militants of Hmar People’s Convention (Democrats) or the HPC (D) involved in the ambush of MLA convoy on March 28 near Zokhawthiang hamlet in Mizoram-Manipur border that killed three policemen and injured six others.
The five militants are (i)Thanglawmvel of Thingkaldawr, Manipur, (ii) Rinsang of Tuisen, Manipur, (iii) Lalrohuol of Patpuihmun, Manipur, (iv) Lalchawimawia of Tinghmun, Mizoram and (v) Jacob who hail from Saipum in Mizoram.
The government had also on 24 April announced cash reward for information leading to the arrest of 6 HPC (D) militants involved in 28 March ambush. Of the six militants who carries Rs one lakh to two lakh reward on their heads, H. Malsawmkima who decamped with arms from Sakawrdai outpost and was believed to be the mastermind behind the 28 March Zokhawthiang ambush was gunned down in an encounter at Tieulian hamlet in neihbouring Manipur on 8 May and a self-styled Private Reuben Lalromawia, another militant involved in the ambush, was arrested on September 21 at Hmarkhawlien village in Assam. While the commander of the group Lalbiakliana was nabbed from Jograpur in Manipur on October 16. The other 3 militants are Lalneihkunga, Lalninghaka and Jehova who all belong to Manipur.
The Mizoram police have launched a crackdown on HPC (D) militant since ambush of MLA convoy on 28 March leading to the killing of one leader and arrest of 7 others including its army chief Lalropuia Famhoite.
Home Minister R. Lalzirliana had earlier said that the government of Mizoram recently received an offer from the HPC(D) faction led by H Zosangbera to hold tripartite talks with the central and state governments under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. ‘‘We ruled out any talks with the group unless several guns and ammunition stolen or seized from Mizoram Police personnel in ambushes over the past few years are first returned ”, Lalzirliana had said.