Aizawl: Mizoram’s apex student body, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) has demanded the demolition of unauthorised or illegal settlements and villages in Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) area in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district and warned stringent measures if the state government fails to demolish the villages on or before 30 June.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference here on Friday, MZP president L. Ramdinliana Renthlei said there are at least 14 unauthorised villages in Chakma area being allegedly established by illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.
As per information sought through RTI from Local Administration Department, there were 23 unauthorised villages in Chakma area in 2013, which was decreased to 14 in 2018. This means that that the number of unauthorised village has decreased by 9 from 2013, Rentlei said.
“We question the state government to clarify on whether it has demolished the 9 unauthorised or illegal villages or it has officially accepted as authorized villages,” he said.
Renthlei said that the student body has been taking massive efforts to demolish unauthorised settlements in Chakma area.
He alleged that the villages are being established by illegal Chakma immigrants from Bangladesh due to which it attracted illegal influx from the neighbouring country.
“We demand the state government to identify the unauthorised villages and take measure to demolish them on or before 30 June, lest we will take stringent measure to ensure that the illegal villages are demolished,” Renthlei warned.
Rentlei also said that there are three villages under the CADC, which are being occupied by the indigenous Mizos.
He alleged that the three Mizo villages- Saizawh, Damdep and Parva were ignored by the district council and were deprived of developments.
“Residents of the three Mizo villages faced developmental issues as they have been ignored and not given any development by the Chakma council,” Renthlei alleged, adding that the student body will take an effort to protect those villages if the council continues to ignore them.
Renthlei further alleged that many Christian believers were intimidated by the Buddhist Chakmas to the extent of forsaking their faith if they want development.
“Many Christian believers were told to give up their faith by the Chakmas, while many were warned not to receive development as long as they accept the Christian faith. A Christian missionary in Kurbalasora village was denied rent house and was forced to occupy the church building. The indigenous Mizos were not allowed to own a plot of land in the council area,” Renthlei alleged.
He slammed the district council administration for showing rude behaviour towards the Christians, which he said, was unconstitutional and anti-secular
Renthlei also said that there has been an exponential growth of the Chakma population in Mizoram over the past few decades due to influx of illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
“While there was only 198 Chakma population in Mizoram according to 1901 census, the figure has shot up to over 1,50,000 at present. This decadal growth rate of the Chakmas is beyond normal rate of human production and this clearly shows that the influx of Chakma foreigners from across the border has remained unchecked,” he said.
Renthlei demanded both the central and state governments to put a check on the growing influx of illegal Chakma immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.