AIZAWL, May 30 - The Mizoram Government has issued a fresh order for eviction of illegal settlers at Tuichawngchhuah village in Lunglei district as the village was created under the provisions of the Lushai Hills District (Village Council) Act, 1953, State Local Administration Department officials today said.
The officials said that the eviction order was issued by the department on Tuesday after a decision was taken in a recent meeting of the State-level screening committee dealing with the approval and rejection of establishment of villages in the State.
The State Government acted following the judgment of the Gauhati High Court in the Kalendor Chakma versus State of Mizoram (WPC 134 of 2016) case, authorising the State Government to take decisions on permission to establish or dismantle villages.
Ordering the villagers to leave the village within three months from the receipt of the order, the Government said that those who refuse to leave the village after the expiry of three months would be fined Rs 100 per family per day.
If any family continues to refuse to leave the village, the State Government will be at liberty to use force. Over 30 families live in Tuichawngchhuah and are suspected to be illegal migrants from Bangladesh, NGO leaders in Lunglei district said.
In 2015, the Additional DC of Lunglei issued a eviction notice to the 49 families of the village. The notice was challenged by one Kalendor Chakma in the Gauhati High Court which quashed the eviction notice on August 24, 2018.