The Assam Rifles has long been engaged in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in the Northeastern states. Credit: File Image

Aizawl; The central committee of the Young Mizo Association (CYMA) on Tuesday demanded a probe into the alleged private rights allotted to some individuals for owning a plot of land in the Assam Rifles headquarters in Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram.

A statement issued by the largest civil society group in the state alleged that some private individuals were allotted Land Settlement Certificates (LSC) to own Assam Rifles land and lauded the state government for its decision to take measures for ensuring cancellation of such land “pass.”

Taking strong exception to the allotment, the association has demanded the law enforcement agency to find out and give stringent punishment to the people involved in issuing LSC on land presently occupied by Assam Rifles.

The association also said that it would not allow the land to be given to private owners but affirmed that it would take effort so that the land is reserve for public use.

Perching on a vast track of land, the Assam Rifles headquarters has been in the heart of Aizawl since 1917.

The MNF government led by its founder president Laldenga had demanded the shifting of the battalion headquarters to Zokhawsang, about 15 km from Aizawl, in 1988 after the security forces allegedly killed seven civilians.

Recently, the Union ministry of home affairs directed Assam Rifles to shift its battalion headquarters to its designated location in Zokhawsang by May 31, after chief minister Zoramthanga appealed to the centre.

On March 8, the state cabinet resolved to cancel all land pattas given to private parties.

State revenue minister Lalruatkima alleged that at least 50 people were given Land Settlement Certificates by the erstwhile state governments to own plot of land out of the area where Assam Rifles headquarters is presently located.

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