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The state government was asked to redraw the new map covering the entire Mizoram’s territory, including 509-sq-mile stretch of the Inner Line Reserved Forest Area
The state government was asked to redraw the new map covering the entire Mizoram’s territory, including 509-sq-mile stretch of the Inner Line Reserved Forest Area|Representational image
MIZORAM

Border row: PRISM urges Mizoram govt to draw new political map

Existing map of state is inaccurate, should include 509-sq-mile stretch of Inner-Line Reserve Forest area, says the newly-floated political party

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: People's Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) and Joint Action Committee (JAC) asked the Mizoram government on Tuesday to prepare new political map of the state to resolve the border dispute with neighbouring Assam.

PRISM president Vanlalruata said that leaders of the JAC and PRISM on Tuesday convened a joint meeting over the border issue.

The meeting observed that the existing political map of Mizoram is inaccurate and therefore, asked the state government to redraw the new map covering the state’s entire territory, including the 509-sq-mile stretch of Inner Line Reserve Forest (ILRF) area, he said.

The meeting also demanded the state government to give priority to protection of the state's boundary.

PRISM has recently released new political map of Mizoram covering the Inner Line Reserved Forest Area. It is a newly floated political party, which earlier functioned as an anti-corruption watchdog.

The party on Monday launched signature campaign against Election Commission of India over the voting rights of Bru people in Tripura.

Vanlalruata said that the party would file PIL against the poll panel for allegedly illegally declaring the Bru people as "ordinary residents of Mizoram".

He said that the ECI declared the Bru people as ordinary residents of Mizoram in September, 2014 which was illegal as the poll panel is not a competent authority.

With major civil society organisations, PRISM also demanded that all Bru voters, who are unwilling to return to Mizoram, should be deleted from the state's electoral roll.

Meanwhile, the Mizoram government is having hectic preparation for repatriation of over 32,000 Bru families, scheduled to commence from October.