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MZP pushes back over 400 ‘Bangla migrants’
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 AIZAWL, Aug 27 - Mizo Zirlai Pawl, Mizoram’s apex students’ body, today claimed to have pushed back at least 424 suspected Bangladeshi migrants into Assam as part of its drive launched on Monday to check influx of illegal immigrants into the State following publication of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam last month.

MZP president L Ramdinliana Renthlei said his organisation has been doing the border policing in collaboration with Mizoram police. “Those non-tribals applying for Inner Line Permit but whose names were not found in the NRC list were pushed back,” he said.

The MZP set up “NRC check gates” along the Assam-Mizoram border at Vairengte, Bairabi and Saiphai and continuously manned them since August 20 and will continue to do so.

The MZP’s drive was motivated by Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) in Meghalaya which had set up check-gates and stopped suspected Bangladesh migrants trying to enter their State.

MZP president said, “Our checking will continue. We are asking for both Inner Line Permit (ILP) papers and the NRC document.”

Mizoram has the ILP system, which is a special permit required by non-tribals to enter three tribal States in North East – Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

MZP president alleged that a large number of Bangladeshi migrants who were left out in the Assam NRC are trying to flee to the neighbouring Indian States. “The discovery of more than 400 people, whose names are not found in the NRC draft list proves that. It also indicates that some of them have already entered Mizoram, before we set up the check-gates.”

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