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Mizo Zirlai Pawl files FIR against illegal Chakma settlers

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Mizo Zirlai Pawl files FIR against illegal Chakma settlers

AIZAWL, FEB 7 (ZORAMOBSERVER.COM): The Mizo Zirlawi Pawl (Mizo Students’ Association) on Wednesday lodged a complaint with Kawnpui police against six families belonging to the Chakma community, who are illegally residing at makeshift huts in an area under the jurisdiction of Hortoki village council in Mizoram-Assam border.

The student body asked the law enforcement officials to drive out the illegal settlers.

In an FIR submitted to Kawngpui Police station, the student body said it came to learn that six Chakma families who came from neighbouring Assam were illegally residing at Hrangakai Suar and Rawthla Li Zawn in Hortoki area under the jurisdiction of Kawnpui police station on the Mizoram-Assam border.

The illegal settlers numbering about 25 live in two places and are currently engaged in jhum and broom farming.

The settlement occupied by illegal Chakma migrants from Assam.

Volunteers of the YMA at Hortoki village had earlier served an eviction order and told the six Chakma families to leave Mizoram, the FIR said.

It alleged that the illegal settlers are exploiting the natural resource of the state like bamboo and trees which is regarded unsafe by the student body.

The student body also said some of the families possessed unlicensed guns which were confiscated by YMA volunteers.

“The student body had considered using force to push back the illegal settlers to their native state but apprehending that the move may turn violent, we registered a complaint against the families so that the law enforcement agency can take necessary measures to evict them,” the FIR stated.

Speaking to zoramobserver.com, MZP general secretary Lalnunmawia Pautu said the six Chakma families migrated from Baichora in Assam and settled down near Tlawng river in Hortoki area in Kolasib district bordering Assam.

“Initially they were hired by local farmers as caretakers to look after farms. But later the illegal migrants decided to permanently settle down there,” he said.

He said that the student body, YMA and village council of Hortoki village had earlier served an eviction order to the families to vacate their places and leave Mizoram before February end.

Pautu also said that the student body would not remain silent but take all possible efforts to push back the illegal settlers till the government takes remedial measure.

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Co-Editor, Zoramobserver.com. Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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