A delegation of MZP, headed by its president L Ramdinliana Renthlei, visited the Zophai area recently Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: Mizoram’s apex student body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), said that it was firm on constructing a resting shed at Zophai area near Bairabi town on the Mizoram-Assam border despite opposition from residents of the area.

A statement, issued by the students’ body, said that it honours the appeal made by local leaders but asked their understanding as Zophai belongs to Mizoram.

“The MZP will continue with its plan to construct resting shed at Zophai as it is an important step to protect Mizoram’s territory. We appeal the local leaders to extend support to our move,” the statement said.

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Led by its president L Ramdinliana Renthlei, MZP leaders on Monday paid a visit to Zophai where they put up a side banner on the area, which they claimed, was donated by then Mizoram chief minister Ch Chhunga’s wife Lalrothangi.

They asked the state government to protect the banner.

On Saturday, joint village councils and various civil bodies in Bairabi had written to MZP, asking it not to lay hand and construct any structure at Zophai 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.

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