While the apex students’ body claims that Zophai belongs to the state, locals in neighbouring Assam say the area falls under their jurisdiction
Aizawl: Mizoram’s apex students’ organisation, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), has expressed strong disappointment over the removal of a site banner it had put up at Zophai area near Bairabi town on the Mizoram-Assam border and asked the state government to investigate into the case.
MZP president L Ramdinlina Renthlei said that the site banner, which they had put up in plot of land, which he claimed was donated by former Mizoram chief minister Ch Chhunga’s wife Lalrothangi on Monday, was removed by unidentified person(s) the same night.
He said that when MZP leaders of Bairabi visited the site on Tuesday, they discovered the banner being removed from the place it was displayed.
According to Renthlei, the students’ body has lodged FIR at Bairabi police station, asking the law enforcement agency to investigate into the matter and nab the persons responsible for the removal.
Taking the act as an insult to the people of Mizoram, the student leader also said they could not understand and ignore such problem being faced by the student body whenever it tried to protect the state’s territory.
He urged the state government to find out and give stringent punishment to the person responsible for removal of the site banner.
While MZP claimed that Zophai belongs to Mizoram, Assam said the area falls under it.
Earlier, representatives from joint village councils and various civil bodies in Bairabi had written to MZP, asking it not to lay hand and construct any structure at the disputed land in order to avoid tension between Mizoram and Assam.
Bairabi joint village councils chairman R Lalfakawma had said that the Centre instructed both Mizoram and Assam government to maintain status quo after tension erupted at Zophai when MZP functionaries attempted to construct resting shed there in March 2018.
Though the MZP respected the appeal made by village councils and all NGOs of Bairabi, it has reaffirmed to construct a resting shed at Zophai in order to protect Mizoram’s territory, Renthlei said.