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Chin Villagers Call for Removal of Pagoda

2 April 2014

Residents of a village in southern Chin State have petitioned the state’s chief minister to remove a Buddhist pagoda that was built late last year, reports the Khonumthong news agency. In a letter addressed to Chin State Chief Minister U Hung Ngai, the residents of Simi said that their objection to the pagoda was not based on religious grounds. “It’s not a fight over religious matters,” the letter states, explaining that the problem is the location of the pagoda in a residential area. The pagoda was built by U Ki Kui Sei, Simi sub-township general administrator, in December 2013. Most ethnic Chin are Christians.