Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): Security has been tightened along the Indo-Myanmar border on Mizoram side as eight additional companies of Assam Rifles have been deployed in the border areas to foil the possibility of Rohingya Muslims entering Mizoram from neighbouring country thought there has been no report of presence of Rohingya intruders in the state, a senior police official said.
The official said that three companies of Assam Rifles from three battalion headquarters at Aizawl, Serchhip and Lunglei in Mizoram and other five companies from Assam, Manipur and Nagaland were deployed along the India-Myanmar border on Mizoram side on the instruction of the Centre.
Earlier in October, several meeting were held by Mizoram police, paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies of both the central and state governments to review the security situation along the Myanmar border. In the meetings it was highlighted that not a single Rohingya Muslim has so far entered Mizoram.
Mizoram Home Minister R. Lalzirlina had earlier said that not a single Rohingya Muslim has been reportedly entering Mizoram from Myanmar.
He said that the central government has alerted all Northeastern states to step up vigil in order to prevent the entry of Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar due the recent clash between Myanmar army and Rohingya militants in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
“Security has been beefed up and patrolling by the Assam Rifles intensified along the Mizoram—Myanmar border in the state’s Lawngtlai district to check the entry of Rohingya Muslims. There has been no report of the Rohingya Muslims entering Mizoram till date,” he said.
Meanwhile, there is a rumour of Rohingya Muslim entering to Dampa Tiger Reserve in Mizorm’s Mamit district from neighbouring Bangladesh and security forces were instructed to inspect the area with the help of drone camera. However, there is no concrete evidence about the presence of Rohingya Muslim in the reserve, police officials said.
Mizoram shares a 404-km international border with Myanmar and a 318-km border with Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, around 170 refugees, mainly Christians from Arakan in Myanmar, who entered Mizoram recently, following a clash between Myanmar Army and Arakan Liberation Army had been successfully sent back home.