Mizo students ask Myanmar migrants to leave

September 29th, 2008 - 5:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Aizawl, Sep 29 (IANS) The Young Mizo Association (YMA), an influential students’ body in Mizoram, has served quit notices to Myanmarese migrants for allegedly harassing girls in a village, YMA leaders said Monday.”We have asked Burmese migrant workers to leave by Oct 4,” YMA leader Lalrinsanga told reporters.

The immediate provocation for the quit notice was a brawl at Thanhril village, about 20 km north of capital Aizawl, between villagers and Myanmar nationals over the alleged harassment of some Mizo girls by migrants.

There are about 30 Myamnar nationals living in Thanhril.

“The Burmese migrants also physically assaulted a local Mizo boy who came to the rescue of the women,” Lalrinsanga said.

The YMA leader, however, said there were a large number of law-abiding Myanmar migrants in various parts of Mizoram.

“We have to decide on whether or not to allow the other migrants to stay in Mizoram,” the YMA leader said.

Most of the Myanmar nationals in Mizoram are engaged in stone quarries, farms, road construction works and other odd jobs.

From time to time the Mizoram government evicts migrant workers who enter the state illegally although similar physical features makes it difficult to identify them. There are no exact figures available about the number of migrants residing in the state. Mizoram shares a 510 km long unfenced border with Myanmar.

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