Aizawl (ZoramObserver.com): The bodies of two Mizo students who were found dead along a railway track at Panikhaiti on the outskirts of Guwahati city on Sunday morning were brought home today.
They were escorted by North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) director Lalhriatpuia under whose sponsorship the two students were studying two years diploma course in dialysis technician and physiotherapy at Assam Downtown University in Guwahati before they met their tragic death.
The bodies of the two victims C.Lalhmangaihsang (27) and R. Lalmalsawma (27), both from south Mizoram’s Lunglei town, were received and homage paid to them by people en route to their native place.
In Aizawl, a grand reception and condolence meeting was held under the aegis of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) near Vanapa Hall where a large crowd gathered to pay homage and condolence to the two youths who were allegedly murdered on the outskirts of Guwahati. Many organisations, political parties, relatives and individuals paid floral tribute and a minute’s silence was observed to pay condolence to the two deceased.
Addressing a brief condolence service held near Vanapa Hall, MZP vice president Vanlaltana expressed deep sorrow for the two students who were allegedly murdered in a Northeastern state. He also appealed to the Mizoram government to take measures to ensure that the culprits involved in the alleged murder are brought to book.
Many NGO leaders including Lunglei East assembly constituency MLA and parliamentary secretary for education Joseph Lalhlimpuia also addressed the condolence service. Lalhlimpuia while lamenting the mysterious death of the two students said the state government felt deep sorrow upon the demise of the two and accordingly asked Assam government to probe into the alleged murder and bring the culprits to justice.
He added that state Home Minister R. Lalzirliana has written to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal imploring the latter to initiate a probe into the case.
Meanwhile, the influential student body in Mizoram, Mizo Zirlai Pawl appealed to all non-tribals to stay home to avoid any untoward incident.
A statement issued by the student body said all non-tribals should not venture outside as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident till the two students are laid to rest. It also appealed the Assam government to compensate the bereaved families for their loss.
In another prohibitory order, Mizo Students’ Union (MSU) also asked all non-tribal traders to have their shutters down till compensation is given to the bereaved families.
As reported earlier, C.Lalhmangaihsang and R. Lalmalsawma, both studying in Assam Downtown University were found dead along the railway track on the outskirts of Guwahati city on Sunday morning.
Lalhmangaihsanga had his arm and leg fractured, while Lalmalsawma was found bleeding from the ears.
Police and local people believed that the two students might have struck to death by a train.
However, MZP, MSU and other civil bodies in Mizoram alleged that they were brutally murdered by unidentified miscreants and asked the Assam government to investigate into the case.
MZP leaders said that they have appealed to All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) to take up the case with the Assam government. Many other civil bodies and political parties including Mizo National Front (MNF) and Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) also condemned the alleged murder.
Sources said that biopsies or tissue of the deceased were sent to forensic department for investigation.
The bodies of C.Lalhmangaihsang and R. Lalmalsawma were brought to their homes in Lunglei late in the evening today where a large crowd assembled to mourn the two. They will be laid to rest at Lunglei Electric veng cemetery tomorrow.