AIZAWL, May 17 - Former Mizoram Chief Minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga today filed a criminal complaint against one Thansanga, a resident of Chhinga Veng locality in Aizawl, for accusing him of sanctioning the “murder” of Rev Chanchinmawia, who died under mysterious circumstances eleven years ago.
Zoramthanga filed the complaint in the court of first class judicial magistrate.
Zoramthanga, in his criminal lawsuit, said that Thansanga alleged that he (Zoramthanga) asked him to carry out assassination on the pastor by offering him handsome reward, which he declined. This allegation was published in Congress Thlifim, the official mouthpiece of Congress party in March, 2018.
“The Congress newsletter was widely circulated. Besides that, the allegations were widely disseminated on social media,” Zoramthanga said.
“I am the president of MNF, who has been a Chief Minister for two terms. The baseless allegations can tarnish my image and I demand appropriate action be taken against Thansanga,” he said in the complaint.
Zoramthanga also mentioned that Thansanga was hitherto unknown to him.
It may be recalled that Rev Chanchinmawia, who was a vociferous social and political critic, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on October 1, 2007.
Zoramthanga was the Chief Minister at that time. The Congress, then in opposition, staged a rally against “the murder of pastor” the next day.
The special investigation team set up by Mizoram police found no evidences to suggest that the pastor was murdered, and held that he committed suicide. The CBI, who later re-investigated into the death, also upheld the finding of the SIT.