Aizawl, Aug 4: A student was killed in police firing on Tuesday during a protest rally at Chawngte in Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in Mizoram.
Police sources said that a mob numbering about 300 to 400 who were mostly students and activist of Chakma’s NGOs came out for peaceful rally to protest against the alleged corruption and anomaly in the recruitment system on Tuesday morning. The protestors assembled outside CRPF camp after police detained nine students and youth leaders an hour ahead of a planned 12-hour bandh in CADC region called by student bodies and NGOs. In a tussle that ensued between CRPF and protestors, the central reserve police opened fire to disperse the gathering mob. A college student, taking part in the rally was killed and one other was injured in police firing. The injured person was later brought to a hospital.
The irate mob then went violent and sabotaged and ransacked the residences of several Executive Members of the CADC and destroyed vehicles beloging to them, police said. The situation was somewhat calmed down after an agreement was reach out between the government and the agitating leaders. According to the agreement, the government shall give a compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs to the decease family. Besides giving compensation, the government shall also meet all the medical expenses of the injured person and cancelled all the illegal recruitment made since January of this year.
The Central Young Chakma Association and the Mizoram Chakma Students Union had called a 12-hour bandh to protest against the alleged wrongful recruitment of 101 politicians’ kin by the Chakma Autonomous District authorities to fill up government posts.
A undergraduate student identified as Agosh Chakma, 20, a native of Old Baseisora town in the Chakma Autonomous District was killed during clash with police when a bullet hit him.
A statement by the Mizoram Chakma Students Union on July 30 said these appointments were made “without following any established Recruitment Rules (i.e. Without Advertisement, Written Test and Interview). The appointments have been made mostly for the closed relatives of political leaders directly ranging from Chowkidar, Teacher, LDC, UDC to Assistant posts.” The protesters had demanded Buddhalila Chakma’s resignation over the issue.
The Census of Government Employees 2015 puts the number of all government employees at 59,612 across the state, with close to 38,000 educated youth currently seeking employment with the government. Mizoram has a total population of slightly less than 11 lakhs, according to the 2011 census.