AIZAWL, OCT 12: The Mizoram government has approved the compensation or ex-gratia payment amounting to Rs 10 lakh each to kin of the policemen killed in an ambush by the Hmar People’s Convention (Democrats) militants on March 28 at Zokhawthiang in Mizoram-Manipur border, Home Minister R Lalzirliana informed the Assembly today.
Replying to a query from Lalruatkima and Dr. K Beichhua of the Mizo National Front (MNF), Lalzirliana said that the state government has already approved ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to kin of 3 policemen killed in an ambush. However, the sanction order for payment of the ex-gratia was being pursued by the Director of the Disaster Management and Rehabilitation, he added.
Three armed policemen including OC were killed and 6 others injured when militants belonging to Hmar People’s Convention-Democracy (HPC-D) opened fire on a convoy of legislators and state assembly officials headed by deputy chief whip RL Pianmawia.
The incident occurred on 28 March near Zokhawthiang village (formerly known as Kani ) in Mizoram’s northern border with Assam and Manipur while three MLAs who are all member of state’s Assembly Assurance Committee accompanied by SDPO and 5 Mizoram Armed Police (MAP) were on official tour to the area.
The state government has approved ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to kin of three slain policemen SI Zoramthara Khawlhring, AZL DEF, D/G-III C. Lalchuailova, AZL DEF and C/573 Hmangaihmawia, 1st Bn. MAP, state home minister R. Lalzirliana told the house today. He further said that two relatives of the slain policemen were given jobs on compassionate ground while a relative of constable Hmangaihmawia was yet to be appointed.
According to the home minister, appointment for H/C (opr.) job under MPRO was given to K. Lalhmangaihtluanga b/o late SI Zoramthara Khawlhring while Denghliri w/o late G-III C. Lalchuailova was given IV-Grade appointment under Serchhip DEF.
In another reply, the home minister said that no reward has been given to those policemen who set out on duty at the time of incident.