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 Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: Rasik Mohan Chakma, the chief executive member (CEM) of Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) and Mizo National Front (MNF) leader has refuted media reports quoting him that there are illegal villages within the council area in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, a statement issued by Kamalanagar headquarters of the MNF said on Friday.

The statement said that some local dailies reported on Thursday that a team of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) led by its president L. Ramdinliana Renthlei, on Wednesday met Chakma and discussed a wide range of issues, including influx of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, discrimination of native Mizos inside the CADC area and alleged special protection of the Chakma community within the council area.

The report also quoted him as saying that his government will make concerted effort along with the MZP to raze the illegal villages, the statement said.

Denouncing such reports as “purely concocted and misleading,” Rasik Mohan Chakma asserted that the media had misreported about the proceeding of the meeting and misquoted him on illegal villages issue, the statement added. “I refute these mala fide and mischievous out of context reports attributed to me in the newspapers”, Chakma was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, the CEM said that no illegal villages inside the Chakma area issue have been raised during the meeting with MZP leaders. He said that the alleged existence of unauthorized villages in Chakma area has been proved wrong and invalidated when district council and minority affairs minister R Lalzirliana informed the state assembly on March 13 that no illegal villages have been set up in Chakma area since the formation of the new government led by MNF.

Chakma claimed that he informed the MZP leaders that there is no scope for illegal immigrants from foreign lands to come and settle down in the council areas.

Based on the statement issued by MZP on Thursday, local media reported that Chakma had admitted the existence of some illegal villages in the Chakma area and assured the student leaders of concerted efforts to raze them.

The statement also stated that several issues, including deprivation of certain facilities to Mizo villages within the council area, demolition of illegal villages, influx of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and discrimination of Mizo missionaries by the CADC government, were raised during the meeting with Chakma on Wednesday.

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