Mizoram CM meets Shah, discusses Myanmar refugee issue

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Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Thursday called on Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi and discussed the situation arising out of the influx of people from Myanmar in the state after the military seized power in the neighbouring nation last year.

Zoramthanga also said that the Union Home Minister would visit Mizoram in November to inaugurate an Assam Rifles base at Zokhawsang, about 15 kilometres from Aizawl.

“I met Union Home Minister on Thursday and discussed with him the Myanmar political crisis and refugees from the neighbouring country,” the chief minister said in a post on his official Instagram handle.

He said that the Union Minister also took stock of the situation in Myanmar and the Myanmar refugees in India.

Official sources said that over 30,000 Myanmar nationals have taken shelter in different parts of Mizoram since the military junta seized power in that country in February last year.

The refugees mostly from Chin state are lodging at relief camps, while some others rented houses and also live with their local relatives.

They are being provided with food and other reliefs by the government, NGOs, churches and village authorities.

Many of those who have taken refuge in the state belong to the Chin, also known as the Zo, community. They share the same ancestry and culture as the Mizos of Mizoram.

On Amit Shah’s visit to the state, the CM said, “I asked the Union Home Minister to visit Mizoram to inaugurate Assam Rifles headquarters at Zokhawsang. Although he agreed to my request, he is yet to fix the date.”

The Mizo National Front (MNF) government led by Zoramthanga has been demanding relocation of the Assam Rifles base from the heart of Aizawl to Zokhawsang.