Aizawl, Jan 20: The NGO Coordination Committee, a conglomeration of various voluntary organisations, has submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Amit Shah regarding dropping of bomb in the Indian territory of Mizoram by Myanmar Air Force.
The NGO Coordination Committee urged the Union Home Minister to take strict action against Myanmar for dropping bomb in the Indian territory.
“We voice our deep concern over the breach of Indian territory and the dropping of bomb in the Indian territory of Mizoram by the Myanmar Tatmadaw during its aerial strikes against pro-democracy forces along the Indo-Myanmar border on the 10th and 11th of January, 2023. In the aftermath of the incident, the NGOCC assembled on the 13th of January, 2023 in the State’s capital due to the distress and panic caused upon the local inhabitants who are ethnic Mizo tribes and bona fide citizens of India,” the memorandum stated.
It further said, “Indian citizens inhabiting the Indo-Myanmar border areas are engaged in different professions with daily activities such as fishing, farming, collecting sand and various occupations in and around the Tiau River which divides the two countries. It has been reported that Myanmarese fighters flew over Mizoram village along the Indo-Myanmar border and bombarded selected site inside Indian territory of Mizoram on the 10th January, 2023 at 3:30 PM and the action of bombardment was repeated on 11th January, 2023 causing insecurities to the local inhabitants and made them victims of collateral damage. Such a war-like incident is also traumatizing the most peaceful State of India which has sustained peace since the signing of the Mizoram Peace Accord 37 years ago.”
“We have firm faith in the Indian government that it will not remain indifferent when the peace and security of its citizens become threatened. Therefore, we urge the Indian government to speak and act in defence of its citizens and ensure that the Indian territory of Mizoram, either on land or in air, is always vigilantly safeguarded from potential foreign military intrusions. It is our hope and prayer that Government of India will take the initiative to prevent any other occurrence of bombardment of innocent citizens along the international border in future,” the memorandum read.
It further said, “As different Chin tribes of Myanmar are our blood related tribes from the Zo ethnic stock, we deeply empathize the inhumane suffering and human rights violations caused by the ongoing Myanmar political crisis. India, as the world’s largest democratic country, should not be a silent spectator to the ongoing human rights violations and inhumane treatment of innocent civilians in its immediate neighbour. Therefore, we urge the Government of India to champion humanity by shouldering the responsibility of protecting and safeguarding the human rights of the people in its neighbour.”
“The military action and fascist approach of the Tatmadaw in dealing with the ongoing political crisis may only add more fuel to the fire. We urge the Indian government to take the initiative for pacific settlement of disputes where the Myanmarese Tatmadaw would engage with all political parties, different insurgent groups, and other important stakeholders for the return of peace and normalcy in Myanmar,” it stated.