mzp mizoAIZAWL, Dec 11: Hundreds of activists of Mizo Zirlai Pawl, Mizoram’s apex students’ body, has left here for Chakma dominated areas in southern part of the State to carry out maintenance works on Mizo Chawlhbuk (Mizo rest house) at Borapansury village near the Indo-Bangladesh border. MZP president L Ramdinliana Renthlei said besides maintaining Mizo Chawlhbuk, they would check illegal settlements under Chakma autonomous district council. “We have evidences that Chakmas from Bangladesh illegally migrated to Mizoram and set up villages. We will find out such illegal villages and report them to the authorities,” Renthlei said. The MZP had constructed the Mizo Chawlhbuk in 2014, amidst strong opposition from Chakma organisations. It constructed the Zofate Chawlhbuk as a token of protest against alleged uncontrolled illegal influx of Chakmas from neighbouring Bangladesh. 

The student leaders said there were only 198 Chakmas in Mizoram in the 1911 Census and the population of the community has grown to around one lakh now. “The population growth of the Chakma community in Mizoram is extremely abnormal indicating massive illegal immigration from Bangladesh and the situation has become a demographic nightmare for the native Mizo people,” Renthlei said. All NGOs and political parties of Chakma community had protested the construction and had even boycotted the byeelection to Borapansury seat in Chakma Autonomous District Council that year.-Assam Tribune

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