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Mizo students’ body identifies 21 illegal settlements
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 AIZAWL, Jan 21 - The Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the State’s apex students’ body, has identified at least 21 illegal settlements in Mizoram. MZP leaders informed the Local Administration Department Minister K Lalrinliana today that there are 19 illegal settlements in Lunglei district bordering Bangladesh and two at Mamit district bordering Tripura in western Mizoram.

The students’ body alleged that these illegal settlers are from Chakma and Bru tribes who came from the neighbouring country and State.

“Through the unguarded borders, a large number of Chakma migrants are entering Mizoram from Bangladesh and setting up unauthorised villages in Mizoram,” MZP president L Ramdinliana Renthlei informed the minister.

The MZP urged the minister to take immediate action to evict the illegal settlers. An MZP release said the minister assured the MZP of taking action against those unauthorised villages.

The MZP also raised the issue of the border dispute with Assam with the minister, who is a legislator from Kolasib bordering Assam.

The MZP had in March last year constructed a shed (Zofate Chawlhbuk) in an area called Zophai along the Assam-Mizoram border as a symbol of land ownership, which led to a confrontation with the Assam Police in which several MZP activists and Mizoram journalists were badly injured.

The MZP told the minister today even though the construction of the shed had been suspended, the student body would not stop till its mission was achieved.

The minister assured the MZP leaders that he was personally keen on the construction of the Zofate Chawlhbuk at the site and added that he would inspect the site with the MZP leaders soon.

Meanwhile, the MZP is planning to hold a mega rally at Aizawl on Wednesday in protest against the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 by the Lok Sabha.

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