Mizoram student body accuses Assam CM of appeasing Bangladeshi immigrants settled at border

Mizoram student body accuses Assam CM of appeasing Bangladeshi immigrants settled at border

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AIZAWL: J. Lalmuanzuala, the president of the prominent Mizoram students' body, has made some shocking allegations against Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in the wake of the violence that occurred at the shared border of Assam and Mizoram that left 6 police personnel dead.

The president of the Mizo Students' Union, penning an open letter, alleged that the "havoc" Biswa Sarma has created has a "hidden agenda and political motive." "Within the Inner Line Reserve Forest Area of 509 Sq Miles, there are many illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who reside in the area. Your sheer attempt to appease this population and give them an autonomous district council to strengthen your political ambition must end immediately," the student leader shockingly alleged.

The MSU president, telling Biswa Sarma to not make the mistake of taking the Mizos for granted, warned "If you do not want peace under the umbrella of the Indian Union, know that Mizoram has had a history of insurgency and taking arms in the past. We shall not shy away from you if you push us."

"Your false proclamations in media and public to hide the actual truth is known and using your peoples’ lives to achieve greatness is unworthy," he added.

The student leader even held Biswa Sarma responsible for the disturbance of the peace of the Northeast region.

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"Your disrespect and disregard to this unity because of your personal political ambitions even to the point of death have threatened and shaken the peace among the sisters. In short, you have made enemies with all your neighbouring Northeast States," he wrote.

"Last but not least, know this and remember it well. Mizos are peaceful people and we wish to live in peace in the Union of India but if you go against this better judgment and encroach and use violence to push us, we will not take one step back from the land of our ancestors," he added.

Assam shares a 164km (about 101 miles) border with Mizoram, and both states contest its demarcation.

Like several other northeastern states of India, Mizoram was previously part of Assam until 1972, when it was carved out as a Union Territory.

The two sides have often sparred over it, sometimes violently. But this was the first time police in the states had fired at each other in a direct confrontation. The officers killed in the attack were from Assam.

The Centre has been trying to mediate a truce between the states since 1994 but has failed to achieve a breakthrough.

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Published On: Jul 29, 2021