PM asked to clarify on ‘military build-up’ in Mizoram
The People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM), a corruption watchdog turned political party, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking clarification on the reported military build-up along the State’s border with Myanmar.In a letter to the Prime Minister on Monday, the PRISM said Mizoram has no disturbed area necessitating militarisation. Mizoram has six international border districts — Champhai, Serchhip, Lunglei, Siaha, Lawngtlai, and Mamit — where there is neither disturbance nor law and order problems, it pointed out. “Army and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in some parts of Lawngtlai district in January. There is no official announcement made by the State or the Central government regarding their number or motive,” PRISM president Vanlalruata said.There have been reports of deployment of extra forces along Mizoram’s border with Myanmar following drive against extremist groups such as Arakan Army by that country’s military. Officials of Assam Rifles said the movement of extra troops was part of “routine exercises” along the border.