More than 300 Bangladeshis have fled to India after anti-insurgency operations, Mizoram officials say. | Popgen Tech
More than 300 people from the Kuki-Chin community fled to India from Bangladesh after security forces in the neighboring country began an anti-insurgency operation in November, a Mizoram government official said on Monday.
Bangladeshi nationals from the Chittagong Hill Tracts have taken refuge in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district after crossing into India, he said.
The people crossed over after Bangladeshi security forces began operations against the Kuki-Chin National Army (KNA) insurgent group, the official said.
The KNA is the armed wing of the Kuki-Chin National Front (KNF), which demands a separate state that includes areas where people from the Kuki-Chin or Mizo communities live in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
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In the first batch, 272 people entered the state on November 20, followed by 21 people in the second batch and another 15 people recently, the official said. PTI.
The government has decided that the Bangladeshis will move to four nearby villages in the Parva-3 area where they are currently taking shelter, he said.
While 30 families would be shifted to Tuithumhnar village, 20 families would be shifted to Vathuampui village and 14 and 10 families would be shifted to Chamdur project and Mautlang village, respectively, he said.
Village-level committees have been formed to take care of these people, including arranging accommodation and food, he added.
Mizoram shares a 318 km long international border with Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, the influential Young Mizo Association has urged the state government to provide shelter to the Kuki-Chin people who are also Mizos.