Aizawl: The main opposition party in Mizoram — Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) — on Monday asked the state government to enforce the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in a stricter manner and deploy more police force in border areas across the state.
Addressing media persons at Aizawl on Monday, senior ZPM leader and legislator Dr Vanlalthlana blamed both the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) government headed by chief minister Zoramthanga and the erstwhile Congress government for allegedly ignoring the territorial integrity of the state. He also expressed that temporary ILPs were issued and several people involved in the illegal activities have been arrested recently.
Vanlalthlana also said that workers of ZMP have visited Bairabi town on the Mizoram-Assam border on October 8 and discovered that one makeshift ILP counter has been maintained by a private person on the outskirts of the town.
“Though temporary ILPs are issued using barcode, the ILP counter in Bairbai did not use such system and there is a chance of issuing many fake ILPs to outsiders,” the ZPM leader added.
According to the legislator, the state government also erected a duty post for infiltrators who were excluded in NRC from Assam near the ILP counter.
He further informed that the duty in-charge told them that they had pushed back many infiltrators from the check gate whose name allegedly did not figure in NRC in Assam. “Many illegal immigrants might have already entered Mizoram as the NRC check gate was established since September,” he said.
The opposition leader also expressed that the government’s effort to protect the state from illegal influx is unsatisfactory as the ILP and NRC counters at Bairabi railway station are not functioning till date due to which it illegal influx is rampant.
Vanlalthlana also revealed that the strength of police force deployed in the border town of Bairabi was very poor as there is only 17 personnel of the Indian Reserved Police Battalion being deployed in the border area against the requirement of 30 personnel or one company. He appealed the state government to deploy more police forces in Bairabi and other border areas to protect the state from infiltration.
ILP is an official travel document issued to an Indian citizen to allow inward travel into a protected area like Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh for limited period. It is implemented and issued by the state government as per the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873.
Typically, a “temporary ILP” is issued to visitors, which is valid for 15 days and can be extended for another 15 days, with the possibility of extending it to one month in exceptional circumstances. However, with the sponsorship of a local resident or government department, a “regular ILP” can be procured, which is valid for 6 months and can be renewed twice for another six months each.