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Hmar Students’ Association (HSA) Condemns Attack on Bank Manager in Assam

Barak Valley, Assam: In a fervent display of unity and condemnation, the members of the Hmar Students’ Association (HSA) Barak Valley have strongly denounced the recent appalling attack on Mr. L Tun Khan Siam, a dedicated Bank Manager hailing from Hailakandi district of Assam. This distressing incident unfolded on September 27, 2023, when Mr. Siam was on his way home after a long day’s work. The attack, perceived to be driven by communal motives, has deeply shaken the principles of peace, harmony, and coexistence that the region has upheld for generations.

The Hmar Students’ Association (HSA) Barak Valley has expressed profound shock and resentment regarding this assault on a member of the Kuki-Zomi-Hmar Mizo Group by anti-social elements. The association has made it unequivocally clear that they vehemently denounce all forms of communal violence and bigotry. Their vision is one of a society where individuals from diverse backgrounds can coexist in unity and harmony, respecting each other’s rights and differences. The HSA Barak Valley refuses to accept any actions that seek to disrupt the social fabric of Assam.

This incident has raised concerns as it draws parallels to events in Manipur, where communal strife has caused immense suffering and division. Learning from history, the HSA Barak Valley emphasizes the importance of preventing Assam from becoming a battleground for communal conflicts. They call upon every citizen, regardless of their community or background, to come together and preserve the peace and tranquility that the region has cherished for centuries.

In light of the recent events in Manipur, the HSA Barak Valley issues a heartfelt appeal to all communities in the region. They urge them to:

  1. Refrain from Communal Violence: Avoid engaging in communal violence or any actions that could foster hatred and bigotry.
  2. Promote Dialogue and Understanding: Encourage peaceful dialogue and mutual understanding among different communities in Barak Valley, including Hmar, Kuki, Mizo, Paite, Chorei, Thado, Sakechep, Biate, Hrangkhol, Ranglong, Meitei, Bishnupriya, Manipuri, Zo, and others, to nurture unity and brotherhood in the region.
  3. Cooperate with Authorities: Collaborate with law enforcement agencies to ensure that those responsible for the attack on Mr. L Tun Khan Siam are brought to justice.
  4. Stay Vigilant: Be vigilant and report any instances of anti-social activities or suspicious behavior that may pose a threat to communal harmony in Barak Valley.

The HSA Barak Valley firmly believes that Assam is a diverse and vibrant state enriched by different cultures, traditions, and contributions of people from various backgrounds. They call on everyone to stand as a shining example of unity in diversity and work collectively towards a brighter future for all.

The HSA extends its heartfelt sympathy to Mr. L Tun Khan Siam and his family, wishing him a speedy recovery. Moreover, they view this attack as a severe threat to communal harmony in Assam’s Barak Valley and call upon the Government and authorities to ensure the security and safety of the Kuki-Zomi-Hmar Mizo Group residing in the region. Additionally, they urge the appropriate authorities to conduct a thorough investigation to swiftly bring the culprits to justice.

In solidarity for a peaceful and harmonious Assam, the HSA Barak Valley remains steadfast in their commitment to preserving the unity and tranquility that defines the region.

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