Mizo Students’ Union leaders at a press conference in Aizawl

Aizawl: Mizo Students’ Union (MSU), the second largest student body in Mizoram, on Monday alleged the existence of an unauthorised village in southern Mizoram’s Lunglei district and asked the state government to raze it within this month.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Aizawl, MSU president Vanlalliana Khiangte said Tuichawngchhuah, a village which is under the jurisdiction of Tuichawng village council in Lungsen block of Lunglei district, was learnt to have been illegally set up by illegal Chakma immigrants from Bangladesh after the students’ body inspected the village recently.

Khiangte said that though according to official records, there are 49 houses and 222 residents at Tuichawngchhuah, the Chakma village, in fact, has only 14 houses and minimal residents based on the findings of the MSU.

He said that leaders of the MSU paid a visit to the village in January and stopped the construction of a house there.

According to Khiangte, the state government had served eviction order to the village in 2015 but was stayed by the Gauhati high court after being challenged by the headman of Tuichawng village.

He said that at least six MSU leaders, including its former president PC Lalrinhlua were arrested and jailed in 2016 when Chakma villagers accused them of torching their houses and school buildings at a time the student leaders paid a visit to Tuichawngchhuah village in that year.

The student leaders were released after two days owing to pressure from civil society groups, he said.

Khiangte blamed the state government for providing certain facilities like electric power, drinking water and also school building to the villages despite being set up illegally.

He also said one unauthorised village — Sibinesora in Lunglei district — had been successfully demolished in 2013 due to the initiative taken by the MSU.

Local administration minister K Lalrinliana on Friday informed the state assembly that there were 25 illegal villages across the state, which are being set up by illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Of the 25 villages, 16 were set up in Lunglei district, four in Aizawl district, three in Champhai district and two in Mamit district bordering Tripura, he had said.

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