Mizo students protest influx

Mizoram's apex student body, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), on Wednesday demanded deportation of illegal settlers and foreigners from the state.

By Henry L. Khojol in Aizawl
  • Published 26.01.18
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L. Ramdinliana Renthlei in Aizawl on Wednesday. Picture by Henry L. Khojol

Aizawl: Mizoram's apex student body, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), on Wednesday demanded deportation of illegal settlers and foreigners from the state.

Addressing a news conference here on Thursday, MZP president L. Ramdinliana Renthlei said the government should take steps against illegal migrants and foreigners. "We will take several measures to ensure that Bangladeshi nationals, who had infiltrated into Mizoram, don't enjoy equal rights with the natives," Renthlei said.

He added that Mizoram has been facing an influx crisis because of the Chakmas entering the state from neighbouring Bangladesh. Renthlei said a Bangladeshi national, identified as Lokhi Ranjan, who has been residing in south Mizoram's Lunglei district, should be arrested and deported.

He also said the MZP would take stringent action if police fail to arrest Ranjan on or before January 31.

An FIR was lodged recently at Tlabung police station near the Mizoram-Bangladesh border against Ranjan for allegedly illegally residing at New Khojoysuri hamlet in Lunglei district.

A team of police, posted at the border town, rushed to New Khojoysuri to arrest Ranjan. But the police failed to arrest him as local Chakma people helped him hide inside a temple, Renthlei said.

"Upon verifying Ranjan as a Bangladeshi national, the sub-divisional police officer of Tlabung filed a criminal complaint against him with the chief judicial magistrate of Lunglei district court. A case was registered against him on January 22 under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act, 1946," he added.

Renthlei slammed the state government for "failing to arrest Ranjan despite being verified as a foreigner".

He alleged that Ranjan had sought voter identity card, ration card, tribal and birth certificates from the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC).

Appreciating the Assam government for publication of the first National Register of Citizens draft recently, the MZP president said the Mizoram government should take a cue from Assam to check influx in the state.