Office of the
ZOU SANGNAUPANG PAWLPI, DELHI BRANCH
57/R, Lok Sabha Qtrs, CPWD Colony
Vasant Vihar, New Delhi – 110 057
September 14, 2008
The immediate horrifying incident executed by some miscreant or should we say – “Mel thei lou pawlte” (As the local media of Churachandpur called them) at the residence of Pu T. Hangkhanpao, President United Zou Organisation (UZO), General Head Quarters at Nehru Marg, Churachandpur on the fateful September 14, 2008 morning at around 5.30 AM is a real shock for the Zou community as well as public of not only Manipur but the whole world.
The perpetrator(s) of such extreme adversity by hurling a Chinese made hand-grenade at the residence of a community leader. No doubt reflexes the degree of dispersion and also an act of cowardice. Such act of terror to a supreme leader of the Zou community is not something new, but, a repeated happenings – since 1995 April at the then UZO President Pu (L) Thangkhanlal residence. In all cases the perpetrators are seemingly not a very different group (read Pawlpi).
This undesirable IRA type attempt assassination calls for all the educated right thinking Zou community to ponder again why they has been victimized not only once but repeated times. The most logical inference that can be sum up from the repeated humiliation would be – do we deserve this, what are our short comings. The Zou, like the other communities have a dignified moral, values, a unique culture, tradition and social identity which is equally unique from the rest of the communities residing. We want to be respected and honoured exactly as the way we do to others.
Therefore, the Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi, Delhi Branch and the Zou community residing in Delhi and NCR express our strongest disapproval to the act of atrocities and terror in any form. We strongly condemn the coward act in the heinous crime at the most stringent and strongest possible term and whole heartedly supported the bold move taken by the United Zou Organisation GHQ, Zou Youth Organisation GHQ, Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi GHQ and Zomi Council.
We condemn, demand and question the motive behind the attack and clarify the matter in public and apologies in traditional norms to the Zou people and their organizations. Since, such an act on the head of the tribe organization (President) deeply hurt the patriotic and trusteeship sentiment and will only widen communal divide and misunderstandings.
We called all non-state actors to cease from the path of such violent acts as it disturbed the peaceful students and conducive environment for free and peaceful education as is essential for students who are the future leaders.
We appeal to the public that such unwise drastic and brute action should not be repeated again among any tribe organization in future for the communal harmony, peaceful co-existence and tranquility in our society.
Let peace prevail in our land.
The Information & Publicity Department
Zou Sangnaupang Pawlpi, Delhi Branch