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Tue, 23 Jul 2019

Northeast Today

Mizoram CM Vows to End Crime

Mizoram CM Vows to End Crime
January 13
16:20 2015

Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla has vowed to put an end to the occasional killings taking place recently in the peaceful state, saying such incidents were a blot to Mizo Christian society. The chief minister was speaking yesterday at the joint funeral service of four persons, who were among the five killed by a carpenter in a house in Republic Road locality, a middle-class colony in east Aizawl, on January 9 evening. Condemning the killings, he said his government would take a slew of stern measures soon to end such recurrence of criminal activity.

Mizoram police alleged that the murderer, who stabbed all the five victims with a knife, is a psychopath. Police sources said the assailant was arrested, but not before he was severely beaten by a crowd that rushed to the scene of the crime after hearing the screams of the victims. The killings took place after the household owner Sangliansiama, 56, who is also the owner of an English medium higher secondary school in Aizawl, had a tiff with the assailant, Laltlanchhuaha, 37, over the payment for a work done in the school by the accused.

Sangliansiama’s wife Khualthangi, 57, who was the chief manager of the Mission Veng branch of the State Bank of India, his younger sister Vanlalchhungi, 54, and the couple’s adopted son, Lalrinnunga, 5, were among those murdered, Aizawl police said. The body of the fifth victim, Samuel Lalrinchhana, 15, who was visiting the family and hailed from the house owner’s ancestral village near Aizawl, was handed over to his family for cremation in his own village, the police added.

The chief minister reminded the people that killing in a fit of rage is not permitted by Christianity in Mizoram where over 95 per cent people are peace-loving Christians. Home minister R. Lalzirliana, who was present at the funeral, also condemned the killings. A sense of anger has swept the state since the killings.

-TT

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