AIZAWL: The Mizo National Front (MNF) today urged the Centre to probe the circumstances resulting in the death of seven tribals in alleged police firing in neighbouring Manipur.
The MNF criticises the Congress government in Manipur for enacting a legislation "endangering the rights of the tribals of the state," a press release issued by the party said.
Another organisation The Zo Reunification Organisation (ZoRO) also demanded the withdrawal of the Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms Act, legislated by the Manipur state legislature in its special session on Saturday last.
Widespread arson was witnessed in Manipur on Monday with houses of a state minister, an MP and five MLAs set on fire by unidentified people in Churachandpur district apparently over passage of some bills in the Assembly.
Eight people were killed and 31 injured since the outbreak of violence in the district since Monday following which indefinite curfew was clamped in Churachandpur town.
Tribal student organisations were protesting against the passage of three bills - Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015, Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh amendment) Bill, 2015, and Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015.
The tribals feared that the passage of the bills would allow outsiders to have rights over tribal land.