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Withdrawal of Assam Rifies
MIZORAM FOR WITHDRAWAL OF ASSAM RIFIES FROM BORDER
>From Deepak Tiwari
Aizwal,Nov 30(PTI): The Mizoram government has sought the
withdrawal of Assam Rifies from the border with Myanmar to
help curb the smuggling of drugs and arms from that route.
'Mizoram's border with Myanmar is very porous since the
Assam Rifies guarding it has outlived its utility in the
region, state chief minister Lal Thanhawla told a visiting
group of journalists from Delhi recently.
Stressing the need for sealing the border. He said it had
become an 'easy passage' for the country.
He suggested 'phasewise' withdrawal of the Assam Rifies to
be replaced by 'some other para-military force'.
Thanhawla said Mizoram which became state in 1987 following
the 'Mizo Accord' between government of India and Mizo
National Front, had only three battalions of armed police
to tackle the problems created by internal as well as
The chief minister said there was considerable shortage of
police force in the state.
Thanbawla said his government had taken up the matter with
the union home ministry several times and demanded sealing
the international border.
Intelligence reports suggested that drugs smuggled from the
'Golden Triangle' region, comprising Myanmar, Lao and
Thailand were being used by militants raise funds.
The state was also being used as a transit point by
Cambodian terrorist group, khmer Rouge, to supply arms to
Ulfa the chief secretary of Assam, VS Jafa, said recently.
Mizoarm, once a district of Assam, at present has a
literacy rate of 82 percent and is second only to Kerala.
Divided into three districts, it has a population of nearly
seven Lakh, mostly tribal.
The News from the telegraph newspaper
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