AIZAWL, Sept 1 - Mizoram�s apex students� body Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) today implored the Mizoram Government to construct Zofate Chawlhbuk (rest shed) at Zophai on the disputed border between Assam and Mizoram as a symbol of ownership of the land which is now under Assam�s control.
Addressing a press conference here today, MZP president L Ramdinliana Renthlei said, �We demand the Mizoram Government to construct Zofate Chawlhbuk at Zophai at the earliest, in fulfillment of the resolution of Congress Legislature Party.�
The MZP had on March 10 this year constructed Zofate Chawlhbuk in Zophai on a paddy field belonging to first Mizoram Chief Minister late Ch Chhunga, donated by his widow to MZP for the purpose, which led to a clash with Assam police.
In the wake of widespread protest, Mizoram Congress Legislature Party passed a resolution to construct Zofate Chawlhbuk, following which the MZP withdrew.
Renthlei said a joint team of Mizoram and Assam had conducted survey on the disputed border to seek a permanent solution, which unfortunately has been suspended due to disagreement between officials of Mizoram and Assam.
The MZP president explained the reason why the students� organisation had withdrawn from the high level core committee on Assam-Mizoram border constituted by State Government.
The committee, in which MZP was also a member, was formed at the instructions of Union Home Ministry joint secretary Satyendra Garg and was supposed to submit its report to the Chief Minister by July 31, he said.
�While the core committee was supposed to collect all available data to prove the original border between Assam and Mizoram, it did nothing. Further, it failed to submit report within the deadline,� he said.
The MZP president said construction of Zofate Chawlhbuk at Zophai is unfinished agenda of MZP and it will not rest until this agenda is accomplished.