Mizoram Law minister H Rammawi today said the three Northeastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh should join hands and fight together to uphold the safeguard of North-East under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873.
Speaking to the media here at Japfu Hotel, Rammawi said that there was no other provision other than the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, to safeguard the indigenous tribal population from the scourge of infiltration of illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
He said the threat posed by influx of illegal migrants in Northeast states was a very serious issue and a matter of live and death for new generation of the indigenous tribal population of Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh
The Mizoram law minister also said the people of Mizoram were ready to face to any consequence and eventuality to save the future generations.
He further said the ILP system was not against tourist attraction but a “formality” and added that there should be a procedure to visit a place or country.
Meanwhile, a 15-member delegation led by Mizoram Law minister Rammawi and including political parties, NGOs, churches and students body arrived Kohima on a two-day visit.
The team met the chief minister Neiphi-u Rio, Home minister Imkong L. Imchen and the NSF. “We had a good discussion with the Nagaland Chief Minister and other government officials and civil societies from our state,” the law minister disclosed
The visit assumes significance as the interim order of Gauhati High Court dated June 12, stayed deportation of non-Mizos arrested for violating inner-line-permit (ILP) rule.
The team also had visited in Arunachal Pradesh and on Wednesday met the All Assam Students Union and NESO in Guwahati.
It may be mentioned the Law ministers of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, H Rammawi and Tako Dabi respectively, on Tuesday issued a joint press statement resolving to protect the constitutional safeguards granted to the indigenous people of the North-East under BEFR.
The statement said both the governments (Mizoram and Arunnachal) had adopted resolutions to protect the indigenous tribal interest and uphold the enforcement of BEFR in toto.
The two ministers also said that the two states would jointly oppose the move of some organisations to scrap BEFR and appealed to them not to do anything that would hurt the tribals’ sentiment.
NSF, MZP resolve
Taking serious note of the recent public interest litigations (PIL) petition filed against the Government of Mizoram, seeking to scrap the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) 1873, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) have resolved to jointly fight any move to scrap BEFR. Terming the attempt to scrap BEFR as “tantamount to non-violent genocide of the ethnic and indigenous people,” NSF president Mchatoba Imchen and MZP president S Lalrinawma in a joint press statement said without the BEFR safeguard, the Nagas, Arunachaleese and Mizos would be reduced to minorities in their own lands. The joint statement also informed that the three affected states (Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram) would stage dharnas on July 21 in front of respective Raj Bhavan as a mark of resentment against the move to scrap the BEFR, 1873