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Mizoram CEO leaves for Delhi on EC summons; protests called off

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl 

Protests demanding the ouster of (CEO) S B were called off by the Wednesday after the left for New after being summoned by the

The protests were called off at 1 pm after the left Aizawl city for Lengpui airport, said.

The left for by the evening flight.

Earlier in the day, said he had been summoned by the and he would meet the poll panel in the national capital on Thursday.

The agitation demanding his removal had been launched on Tuesday and resumed Wednesday morning by a large number of members in front of the CEO's office from 8 am. The protestors later dispersed.

The Assembly election in is scheduled for November 28.

said the coordination committee would wait and watch the decision taken by the of on the

"If comes back, the agitation will be relaunched," said.

The NGO Coordination Committee, the apex body of civil societies and students' organisations in the north-eastern state, has been demanding that Shashank be replaced and transferred outside the state.

It also demanded that 11,232 Bru voters lodged in six relief camps be allowed to exercise their franchise at their respective polling stations in and not in as committed by the poll panel in 2014.

The committee had called for Shashank's exit from the state shortly after the Election Commission (EC) removed the state's (Home) Lalnunmawia Chuaungo.

He had allegedly sought deployment of additional central armed police forces (CAPF) in the state which did not go down well with the committee.

On Monday, had written to that "as people have lost faith in him (Shashank), the only solution for the smooth conduct of the Assembly elections 2018 would be removal of CEO S B Shashank from office forthwith."

The meeting of a visiting three-member EC team, state government officials and leaders of the on the current standoff here Tuesday night remained inconclusive as the team said the final call would be made by the commission.

The team members said that they would submit their findings to the commission.

The agitators are also protesting against the removal of Chuaungo, a native of the

Thousands of people from the Bru community had fled Mizoram in 1997 following ethnic clashes. They have since been lodged in six relief camps in

In the past too, the organisations had opposed the Election Commission's decision to conduct electoral revision of Bru voters in Tripura relief camps.

They urged the EC to defranchise all Bru voters who chose to stay back in Tripura and did not return to Mizoram.

A 12-hour bandh was observed at Mamit town on Tuesday along the Mizoram-Tripura-border to support the agitation against the Rallies and pickets were organised by the NGO Coordination Committee across the state.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 17:10 IST