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Ajmal moves Sonia, Sonowal

YMA harassment on non-Mizo traders in Lunglei

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Aug 12: AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal has moved All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi on the harassment to non-Mizo traders in Mizoram.

Gandhi was accompanied by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while receiving the memorandum at New Delhi from Ajmal on Friday. The Dhubri MP said that Bengali-speaking Hindu and Muslim traders had to face harassment from Young Mizo Association (YMA) members. “On August 1, 2017 YMA members forcibly shut down several shops being run by non-Mizos at Lunglei. The affected traders are mainly from the adjacent districts of Assam and other States of the country who have been doing business there from long back. The affected traders complained that they’re not allowed to open their shops, not even take out their goods. They’re not even allowed to take their ATM cards. When asked as to why they are prevented from opening their shops, the YMA members started to assault them physically,” Ajmal said, and added: “We, therefore, want your intervention to persuade the Mizoram Chief Minister to stop the harassment being meted out to non-Mizo traders in Mizoram. We also want action against the attackers.”

According to the AIUDF, a letter has also been sent to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in this regard. He has been requested to take up the matter with his Mizoram counterpart.

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