Aizawl, June 13: Contradicting state’s home minister’s claim that there is no insurgent outfit active in Mizoram, the Border Security Force (BSF) has informed that there are least 27 camps of different insurgent groups active near the Dampa Tiger Reserve along with Indo-Bangladesh border.
BSF officials revealed this in a meeting of the state board for wildlife chaired by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla in Aizwal.
Earlier, in a statement Home Minister R.Lalzirliana has said that there is no insurgent group in Mizoram and nor is there any militant training camp.
In a written reply to the question of Zoram Nationalist Party member K.Liantlinga during theongoing Assembly session, the Home Minister stated that the state government is “not aware of any existence of insurgent group in Mizoram”, despite the fact that the Congress government had in February 2013 agreed to begin another process of dialogue with the Hmar Peoples’ Convention (D) militants who are demanding an autonomous district.
The presence of the camps of rebel groups in Bangladesh near the border areas has necessitated the construction of border fences and also establishment of border police outposts, the BSF officials state.
The border fencing to be constructed within Dampa Tiger Reserve is 62 kms long, and joint survey of the same has been conducted by BSF and Standing Committee for National Board for Wildlife, and proposal has been made to construct 7 Border Outposts (BOP) and patrolling road. There would be seven corridors measuring 100 metres each on the fencing where animals could have free passages between the two countries.
Fencing of the border in the tiger reserve has become urgent to check infiltration by Chakma, Reang and Islamist militants from Bangladesh. The BSF authorities emphasized the need for creation of corridors for the wild animals without endangering the national security.
(With inputs from agencies)