AIZAWL, Aug 4 - Following the Assam�s National Register of Citizens (NRC) episode, Mizoram�s apex student body Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) today implored the State government to be alert on the Assam-Mizoram border to prevent possible influx of Bangladeshi immigrants.
Addressing a press conference here today, MZP president L Ramdinliana Renthlei further slammed the Mizoram government for �slumbering� despite the students� body�s warning since January this year.
�We held a press conference on January 24 this year to inform the government of the impending threat, and also of the preparations of states neighbouring Assam for the same. Our warnings fell into deaf ears. The government must immediately wake up and act fast,� he said.
As there are high chances that those 40 immigrants who did not figure in the NRC list are infiltrating into the neighbouring states, Khasi Students� Union (KSU) has set check gates at the Meghalaya-Assam border and pushed back immigrants trying to enter the state. The same has been done at Nagaland-Assam border where the Nagaland government deployed additional police troops, the MZP president said, adding security has also been beefed up in Tripura, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.
�We are shocked to see our government�s inaction. It is possible that Bangladeshi immigrants would try to sneak into Mizoram. We implore the government to deploy additional police troops at Assam-Mizoram border and maintain 24-hour surveillance,� MZP president said.
The MZP also asked the authorities to be cautious while issuing Inner Line Permit (ILP), a document which is required for non-tribals entering Mizoram, and make sure that any person whose name is not there in the NRC is not given the entry permit.
The MZP also wants the state government to initiate the process of updating the NRC as it was done in Assam. �Mizoram has been witnessing influx of illegal Chakma migrants from Bangladesh. We have also informed both the state and the central governments of the abnormal growth of Chakma population in southern Mizoram,� the MZP president said.
�We want the state government to take steps like Assam to drive out illegal migrants and curb influx from neighbouring Bangladesh,� he added.