Aizawl, Dec 11: Home minister R Lalzirliana on Thursday handed over ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of two policemen killed in an ambush perpetrated by the Manipur-based Hmar people’s Convention (Democrats) or HPC (D) near Zokhawthiang hamlet in Mizoram- Manipur border hamlet on March 28 last.
The Home Minister handed the ex-gratia payment to the families of Sub Inspector Zoramthara Khawlhring and driver Lalchuailova during a special function organized in his office chamber at New Secretarial Complex, Aizawl.
The ex-gratia pay for Hmangaihmawia, another policeman killed in the ambush would be handed over to his kin later as the family members of the slain policeman failed to present on the occasion. In most shocking incident for a peaceful state like Mizoram, three policemen including OC were gunned down and six others injured when the HPC (D) militants ambushed a convoy of Assembly assurance committee headed by deputy chief whip RL Pianmawia on 28 March in north eastern part of the state.
The Mizoram police since then launched a crackdown on HPC (D) militants in the process of which one H. Malsawmkima who was believed to be the mastermind behind the ambush was gunned down in an encounter at Tieulian hamlet in neihbouring Manipur on 8 May, while buy gabapentin canada another three militants involved in the ambush were arrested in September and October. The Mizoram police also arrested another 4 HPC (D) cadres and their aides including its army chief Lalropuia Famhoite during operation over the past few months.
Police said that 12 militants were allegedly involved in the Zokhawthiang ambush.
Handing over the ex-gratia payment to the kin of slain policemen, Home Minsiter R. Lalzirliana said he was deeply anguished by the death of three policemen who had been killed on line of duty. “Their heroic sacrifice for the cause of Mizoram would remain unforgettable and the entire Mizoram police department has condoled their death,” he said. R. Lalzirlian reiterated 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 said. Parliamentary secretary for home Lt. Col. ZS Zuala also felt sorrow for the lost of three policemen and said that his heart goes to the families of the slain policemen.