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Wed, 23 Oct 2019

Northeast Today

Students protest against Govt’s inaction on boundary dispute

Students protest against Govt’s inaction on boundary dispute
July 20
11:54 2019

NET Bureau

A large number of students on Friday took to the streets in Aizawl in protest against the Mizoram government’s “inaction” to resolve the long-pending inter-state boundary dispute with neighboring Assam. The students also demanded the state government should work out measures so that the Assam Forest officials vacate from the disputed land near Vairengte on the Assam-Mizoram border.

Over 5000 protesters, including sitting Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) legislator VL Zaithanzama and former Congress legislator PC Zoramsangaliana, took part in the protest rally organized by state’s apex student body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), according to L Ramdinliana Renthlei, president of the student body.

Calling it erroneous, the protesters also burnt the “political map” of Mizoram and asked the state government to prepare a new map based on the boundary demarcation notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.

Speaking on the occasion, Renthlei said that the main objective of the protest rally was to awake the state government towards resolving the long-pending boundary dispute. He alleged that the state government and other politicians were not giving “sincere concern” about the state’s boundary dispute with Assam. Renthlei also said that none of the political leaders of the state, including the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legislators, visited an “old security force building” near Vairengte after it was being occupied by Assam Forest department since July 6.

“This has manifested that none of our political leaders are interested in protecting the state’s boundary,” he rued.

Earlier, the student body had appealed to the state government to resolve the matter and to let the Assam officials vacate from the disputed land and then construct a resting shed at Zophai area on the Mizoram-Assam border, failing which it would stage a protest rally.

According to Renthlei, Mizoram Home minister Lalchamliana informed the MZP that the state government was making effort to so that the Assam Forest officials vacate the place, and also that, it is not convenient for the government to construct a resting shed at Zophai as of now.

“We want the government to give sincere concern about the state boundary issue,” he said.

The protesters then passed resolutions which stated that the state government should make efforts to take back a vast track of Mizoram’s territory “snatched away” by Assam and, to implement the boundary demarcation and retain a 509 sq miles stretch of Inner Line Reserve Forest Area notified in 1875 under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.

Among others, the students also demanded the state government check and clear “encroachment” in the Inner Line Reserved Forest Areas in accordance with the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act. They also resolved to protect the state boundary “till the end”.

 

Source: The Morung Express

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