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Aizawl: Mizoram’s apex student body Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) on Thursday pledged to protect the state’s territory to ensure that it is not encroached and given away to outsiders.

A statement issued by the students’ body said that a meeting was held under the leadership of its president L Ramdinliana Renthlei in Aizawl on Thursday during which the it resolved to protect a 509 squares miles Inner Line Reserved Forest along the Mizoram-Assam border, which it claimed belongs to Mizoram.

The MZP said that a joint committee was constituted by both Assam and Mizoram governments under union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after a border dispute at Zophai area in March 2018.

The committee carried out inspection of illegal structures in the inner line reserved forest, which was later suspended following a dispute at zero point in Dholchera-Phaisen area in April the same year.

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It blamed the state government for not worrying to resolve the long standing border issue.

The student body also said that its main motive in constructing a resting shed at Zophai is not to revive the border tension but to draw attention from the state government to resolve the issue.

It alleged that the Assam government is continuously constructing school buildings and other structures along the disputed areas in spite of the centre’s instruction to maintain status-quo.

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