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Zoramthanga files defamation case over pastor’s ‘mysterious death’

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Zoramthanga files defamation case over pastor’s ‘mysterious death’

Aizawl: Former Mizoram chief minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga on Thursday lodged criminal complaint  against a Congress worker for accusing him of sanctioning the murder of a Presbyterian pastor, who died under mysterious condition in October 2007.

In his complaint filed with first class judicial magistrate H. Lalduhsanga, Zoramthanga stated that Thansanga, a resident of Chhinga veng had accused him of ordering the assassination and offering him a reward for the purpose.

“This allegation was published in “Congress Thlifim, an official organ of Congress party, which reported that I am allegedly a mastermind behind the murder of  Mizoram Presbyterian Synod moderator and pastor of Khatla Presbyterian church Rev. Chanchinmawia in October 2007,” Zoramthanga said, adding the media report was based on the baseless allegation leveled by a congress worker Thansanga.

He said that the baseless allegation which appeared on Congress bulletin has been widely circulated in various media houses and social media to tarnish his image.

“I am the present president of MNF and had served as chief minister of Mizoram for two term. Thansang was personally not known to me,” he said.

He said that the allegation was baseless and that it can damage his reputation before the people of the state.

The MNF president asked the judicial magistrate to look into the matter and take appropriate action against Thansanga for spreading baseless allegation.

RevChanchinmawia, former Mizoram Presbyterian Synod moderator and pastor of Khatla Presbyterian church (at the time of his death) was found dead with multiple injuries on his head and chest inside his quarter at Khatla in Aizawl in the morning of October 1, 2007.

The Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the then MNF government could not find any evidence to support homicide with the pastor’s death and concluded that it was a suicide case.

The case was handed over to CBI in 2008. However, the CBI too did not find any foul play but rubbished the suicide theory. As a result, the death case of the pastor, who was well known for his vociferous campaign for socio-political reforms remained a mystery till today.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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