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Rosik Mohan Chakma, CEM of Chakma Autonomous District Council, during an interaction with leaders of Mizo Zirlai Pawl at Chawngte in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district
Rosik Mohan Chakma, CEM of Chakma Autonomous District Council, during an interaction with leaders of Mizo Zirlai Pawl at Chawngte in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district|EastMojo image
MIZORAM

Mizoram govt to raze ‘illegal villages’ in Chakma ADC area: CEM

We are strongly opposed to illegal influx from Bangladesh, says Chakma Autonomous District Council chief executive member Rosik Mohan Chakma

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: The chief executive member (CEM) of Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), Rosik Mohan Chakma, on Wednesday said his government would make an effort to raze “illegal villages” in the Chakma area.

During an interaction with leaders of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) at Chawngte in south Mizoram's Lawngtlai district bordering Bangladesh, Chakma said there are some illegal villages in the CADC area and the government will make concerted effort with the MZP to demolish them.

Led by its president L Ramdinliana Renthlei, MZP leaders on Wednesday called on officials of the CADC and discussed a wide range of issues.

The student leaders raised the issue of influx of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, discrimination of native Mizos inside the CADC area and the alleged special protection of Chakma community within the council area.

Chakma told the leaders that there is no law or provision to accord special privilege or rights to the Chakma community living within the council area.

Rubbishing the rumour that no native Mizos are allowed to own a plot of land and build a house within the council area, he said that all are equal in the eye of law. He said that the CADC government gives preference to all citizens irrespective of caste, religion and sex in government job under the council. He said that the native Mizos, who live within the CADC area are not being discriminated.

Chakma further said that his government strongly opposed to illegal influx from Bangladesh and would take massive effort with the state government to find out the illegal immigrants and deport them to their native places.