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9 injured during protest against Chakma autonomous council chief
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 AIZAWL, Dec 6 - Nine persons, including five women, were injured in a clash with CRPF personnel during a sit-in-protest organised by the Mizo National Front against the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Chakma Autonomous District Council at Kamalanagar in south Mizoram today.

The Chakma district MNF has been holding a protest since Wednesday against the CEM, Shanti Jiban Chakma, for holding office despite alleged lack of support from the council members.

According to an MNF source, the CEM attended office despite the protesters requesting him not to do so.

“As the MNF members were protesting in front of the CEM’s office, CRPF personnel, without any magisterial order or warning, assaulted the protesters. A woman Prem Joyti Chakma and a youth Arun Maya Chakma sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the Chawngte Community Health Centre,” the source added.

The election to the 20-member Chakma Autonomous District Council in April this year threw up a fractured mandate with the MNF emerging as the single largest party with eight seats. The Congress got six seats, while the BJP got five.

Though it was expected that the MNF and its ally in the North East Democratic Alliance, BJP, would form a coalition government, a dramatic turn of events took place that saw the unlikely alliance of the Congress and the BJP.

However, in October, all the six Congress MDCs withdrew support from the BJP-led government and the CEM lacked the majority support to continue the government. Despite this, he has continued to function as the CEM, the MNF said.

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