AIZAWL, FEB 6: At least three people have been arrested on Sunday for allegedly burning a forest in Reiek hill, locally known as Reiek Tlang, an important tourist spot located near Reiek village about 29 km from Aizawl, police said.
The accused have been identified as Lalrinmuana, Lalremruata and Lalnunthara, all from Khawrihnim village under the jurisdiction of West Phaileng police station in Mamit district.
Police said that the incident occurred at around 5 pm on Sunday when the three miscreants set fire on three ranges for unknown reasons.
Residents of Reiek village, who spotted the flame rushed to the site and arrested the miscreants. They were handed over to Kulikawn Police, who later handed over to West Phaileng police on the same night, police said.
Meanwhile, Association for Environmental Preservation (ASEP), an organisation working for the preservation of protected forests and wildlife vehemently condemned the three miscreants for burning the hill, which is one of the important tourist destinations not only in Mizoram, but also in the world.
The organisation lauded locals of Reiek village and and volunteers of Zomawitu group for taking swift action in apprehending the three culprits. It also asked the state government to take massive effort for protection of the hill as it has been damaged several times due to unbecoming behavior of some miscreants.
Reiek is a mountain and an important tourist spot in Mizoram located about 29 km from Aizawl. It rests at an elevation of 1548 metres overlooking Aizawl and offers a view of the surrounding valleys and hills. It has a typical Mizo village consisting of distinctive traditional huts of the different Mizo sub-tribes, Mizo chieftain’s house, a bachelor’s dormitory and that of a widow created and maintained by Tourism Department of Mizoram. It is under protection of Environment and Forest Department.
The forests in Reiek hills are home to a fascinating variety of hill birds, including the rare Peregrine falcon.