MNF seeks border gate

Tawnluia addresses the party meeting in Aizawl on Friday. Picture by Henry L. Khojol

Aizawl: The Mizo National Front (MNF), the main Opposition party, on Friday asked the state government to set up a check gate along the Assam-Mizoram border in view of the possible influx of illegal migrants following the publication of the final draft of the National Registration of Citizens (NRC) by the Assam government on July 30.

Addressing a party meeting at its office here, MNF senior vice-president and former home minister Tawnluia expressed apprehension that many foreigners would attempt to enter Mizoram from neighbouring Assam.

He accused the state government of neglecting state security by ignoring to deploy police along the border.

"The government is not safeguarding the border in spite of the possibility of illegal influx from Assam. It should immediately set up an infiltration gate and deploy security to prevent the entry of foreigners," he said.

The MNF leader also said it would be difficult for the state to differentiate and push back foreigners after they entered the state. "The government must tighten security along the border before foreigners attempt to enter the state," he said.

Slamming the state government, Tawnluia said it should take immediate action like other neighbouring states He expressed regret that a student group had to pledge to safeguard the border.

The Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), state's apex student group, had earlier warned the state government that it would set up an infiltration gate along the Assam-Mizoram border if the government failed to take any measure by August 15. The state government, however, has been silent on the issue.

Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma asked the state government to tighten security and set up a check post along the border to prevent the entry of foreigners from Assam.

He said many of the families that have been left out in the final draft of the NRC published by the Assam government recently may come to Hailakandi and Cachar district of Assam and attempt to enter Mizoram.


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