Mizoram Timeline 2018

Date

Incidents

January 3

Union Cabinet approved an agreement between India and Myanmar on land border crossing which the government said would enhance economic interaction between people of the two countries There are already free movement rights for people ordinarily residing in the border areas of both countries.

The agreement will also facilitate movement of people on the basis of valid passports and visas which will enhance economic and social interaction between the two countries, a statement said. It is expected to provide connectivity and enhance interaction of the people from north-eastern states of India with those of Myanmar. The agreement will safeguard the traditional rights of the largely tribal communities residing along the border which are accustomed to free movement across the land border, the statement read.

January 13

The Union Government has asked the four states that share unfenced border with Myanmar to distribute "border pass" to all the residents living within 16 km from the boundary line. It has also asked the governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram to enroll the border residents under Aadhaar (unique identity card) on war footing

January 15

An Individual identified as Jitua Tongchongya was seriously injured in a landmine blast near Mizoram-Myanmar border pillar number two.

An unidentified man was wounded in an IED explosion in an unspecified location in south Mizoram along the Indo-Myanmar border.

January 18

UMHA is considering creating a 29-battalion India-Myanmar Border Force from AR and ITBP to curtail smuggling, gun running and insurgent activities. The new force will patrol right up to the border. Currently, the 46-battalion strong AR guards the border but patrols up to 500 meters from the so-called zero line, which leaves the border partly porous. AR will be paired with 4 battalions from ITBP to form the new force, with ITBP in charge. This will result in ITBP not only patroling the 3,488-km LAC with China but also the border with Myanmar.

January 19

An Indian national Jitua Tongchongya who was severely injured by a landmine along Indo-Myanmar border on January 18 died

January 22

SP of Police Lawngtlai stated that over 1,400 Myanmarese nationals who took refuge in Mizoram's Lawngtlai district following clash between Arakan militants and the Army in November 2017 have refused to return to Myanmar.

The refugees were mainly from the border villages of Varang, Paletwa, Pakangwa and Mulaw in Myanmar's Chin state. On December 2017, authorities had stated that registration of 1,600 Myanmarese nationals have been undertaken to ascertain the number of refugees in Lawngtlai.

January 25

AR BDS team has been deployed along Myanmar border after two landmine fatalities along the border area in January.

January 29

Mizoram Government has started to repatriate over 32,000 Bru people from six relief camps in neighboring Tripura from the first week of March 2018. GoI has released INR 79 million as the first installment for the repatriation expenditure; while the State Government estimated that over INR 123 million would be required for the purpose. An inspection team of officials of UMHA and State officials would visit the relief camps in February to identify the Brus, who are willing to return to Mizoram, and those who are not. Brus of Mizoram fled to North Tripura due of communal tension triggered by the murder of a forest official by Bru militants on October 21, 1997.

February 4

Peace talks between the Mizoram government and H. Zosangbera faction of HPC-D is likely to be resumed this month. Mizoram Home Minister R. Lalzirliana said officials of the Home department and other concerned departments including ministers will meet on February 5 over the ongoing peace parleys to decide and fix the date for next round of talks. The next round of peace talks would be a political level talk, he stated

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.