Aizawl: Over 200 suspected Bangladeshi infiltrators from Assam, whose name have been left out in the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) list have been detected and apprehended by volunteers of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or Mizo Students’ Federation at border checkpoints in two days.
MZP president L. Ramdinliana Renthlei told zoramobserver.com that the student body has been launching ILP drive since 17 August (Friday) and began checking people entering the state from neighbouring states at border checkpoints in Bairabi, Saiphai and Vairengte since Tuesday.
At least 233 non- tribals suspected to be Bangladeshi infiltrators were detected and prevented from entering Mizoram during mass checking on Tuesday and Wednesday at Bairabi, Saiphai and Vairengte, he said.
According to him, 137 suspected Bangladeshi were apprehended in Vairengte during the two day raid, 71 in Saiphai and 25 in Bairabi.
The student body has set up infiltration check gates at the three border villages on Monday.
Renthlei said that all the apprehended non-tribals were suspected to be Bangladeshi foreigners, whose names have been missing in the NRC list.
He said that the suspected Bangladeshi infiltrators were apprehended when volunteers of MZP intercepted and checked vehicles coming from Assam.
They were asked to go back to Assam, he said.
Earlier on Friday and Saturday, the student body had apprehended 5 suspected Bangladeshi infiltrators in Aizawl and 16 others in Vairengte. With this the MZP has so far detected and apprehended 254 non-tribals whose name were not included in the Assam’s NRC list since Friday.
Meanwhile, the state government has tightened security along the Mizoram-Assam border and sent more police deployment there.
The state government has also asked the MZP to stop checking people entering the state from neighbouring states at border check points.
Renthlei said that the student body will continue to check non-tribal entering the state from outside despite the government appeal.
“The student body has not though of halting checking people at border check points unless there is assurance from the state government that it would take massive effort to curb illegal influx from neighbouring states,” he said.
A statement issued by MZP on Wednesday said that a sizeable number of non-tribal, who failed to get their names in NRC list have already entered Mizoram and currently camping in the state.
The student body said that it would take massive effort to detected those foreigners who already entered the state.
The statement also said that the MZP had earlier made repeated appeals to the state government to tighten security along the Mizoram-Assam border to prevent entry of Bangladeshi infiltrators from neighbouring states before and after the publication of NRC list by Assam government on 31 July.
It blamed the state government for remaining a mute spectator and pretending to be in slumber to check influx of illegal migrants and Bangladeshi infiltrators from neighbouring Assam.
The student body alleged that the police were handcuffed as the state government did not give order to check illegal influx.