The Mizoram government informed that almost 25 illegal villages have been set up in the border areas of the state by illegal migrants who have been residing there.
This was revealed by local administration minister K Lalrinliana in a written reply to a question from Zoram People’s Movement legislator C Lalsawivunga in the assembly.
Lalrinliana informed that out of 25, 16 villages are in Lunglei district, 2 are in Mamit, 4 in Aizawl district and rest 3 in Champhai. Out of these districts, Lunglei and Mamit share border with Bangladesh while Champhai is near Myanmar border.
It is believed that immigrants from Bangladesh have made Lunglei and Mamit districts their homes, while villages in Champhai are believed to be inhabited by immigrants from Myanmar.
According to a recent study conducted by Student bodies of the state such as Mizo Zirlai Pawl, people who have set up illegal villages along the border areas of the state belonged to the Chakma community who entered the state from Bangladesh.