130 residents of Phuldungsei  village were found in the electoral roll of Mizoram
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Tripura orders probe over inclusion of villagers' names in Mizoram electoral roll

Senior officials told to start inquiry & submit report at the earliest, says revenue minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: Tripura government has ordered a probe over the inclusion of 130 Tripura residents from Phuldungsei village in Zampui Phuldungsei under Hacchek constituency of Mizoram.

Speaking with reporters, state revenue minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma said that the government is aware of the inclusion of Phuldungsei villagers' names in Mizoram voters' list.

“The higher officials concerned have been asked to start an inquiry and submit a report at the earliest. We have instructed to inspect the boundaries of the state and see if similar encroachment is done from any other part of Jampui Hills," Debbarma said.

He also said that complaints of illegal encroachments have been coming for over a decade now. The present government is doing their level best to sort out the dispute.

“Similar incidents of illegal encroachments were reported in Kawnpui village, another bordering village in Jampui hills," Debbarma added.

Earlier on Friday, TIPRA chairman and royal scion Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman demanded an investigation and strict measures to ensure no territory is seen as part of Mizoram.

“We want an investigation on how ppl can hold 2 voting cards for separate states. We demand that our state govt take strict measures to ensure that no territory is seen as a part of another state. A police outpost in Phuldungsei be set up to clearly show that this village belongs to us," he tweeted.

The indigenous leaders also accused the Mizoram government of ruling the Phuldungsei village committee, which is a part of Tripura.

“We demand the Tripura government to write to its counterpart informing the matter and take legal action against the matter," TUIPC chairman Ranjit Debbarma said.

Polling for 558 village councils in nine districts and 83 local councils within Aizawl municipal area will be held on August 27. There are 2,454 seats in village councils, of which 630 are reserved for women while the total number of seats in local councils is 545, including 148 seats reserved for women.

The Kanchanpur sub-division magistrate had written a letter to the North district magistrate informing him about the inclusion of 130 residents in Mizoram electoral list.

“On careful scrutiny of part 37 of Hacchek ST Constituency of Mizoram, it was observed that Phuldungsei Village Council has been added as part of the constituency as Zampui Phuldungsei and 130 voters in the electoral roll of Zampui Phuldungsei are residents of Tripura," the letter read

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