The Northeast Village Of 130 Voters Claimed By Both Tripura And Mizoram

The village of Phuldungsai is close to Betlingchhip, Tripura’s highest peak


The 130 voters who dwell in Phuldungsai, a scenic hamlet close to Betlingchhip – Tripura’s highest peak – have discovered themselves in the midst of a tussle between the Tripura and Mizoram governments, with every state claiming the village as a part of their territory.

Authorities in Tripura say the village has “historically” been a part of the Kanchanpur subdivision. Their counterparts in Mizoram disagree; the most recent replace to that state’s electoral roll lists the village residents as a part of its Hacchek constituency.

This back-and-forth between the 2 governments was flagged by Chandi Chandran, the sub-divisional Justice of the Peace of Kanchanpur.

Ms Chandran, in a letter to the District Justice of the Peace (North), mentioned there was an “pressing have to demarcate the precise boundary between Mizoram and Tripura (whereas) incorporating Phuldungsai VC in Tripura”. “Phuldungsai VC has been added as a part of the Zampui Phuldungsai constituency,” her letter mentioned.

Ms Chandran additional mentioned the village, with a inhabitants of round 1,000 (most of whom belong to the Mizo tribe), is split by a highway that results in Kawnpui in Tripura’s Jampu Hills.

The western aspect of the village lies throughout the Phuldungsai Village Council, whereas the jap lies throughout the Zampui Phuldungsai of Mizoram’s Mamit district.

“Historically, Phuldungsai VC as an entire (regardless of the jap aspect falling in Mizoram) has been accepted as a part of Tripura. Therefore, the inclusion of the village council and its residents in Mizoram electoral rolls appears to be problematic,” Ms Chandran wrote.

Kanchanpur MLA Prem Kumar Reang, who’s a part of the Indigenous Individuals’s Entrance of Tripura – an ally to the ruling BJP -, identified that the village residents even availed of ration facility from the Tripura authorities.

“These current within the electoral roll of Zampui Phuldungsai are residents of Tripura. They even avail ration facility from Phuldungsai ration store below Kanchanpur sub-division,” he mentioned, claiming that Mizoram had tried such strikes up to now as effectively.

“Mizoram claims the jap aspect of the village, on the opposite aspect of a PWD highway, falls below its jurisdiction. The information say in any other case. Tripura runs well being centres and faculties within the space. We’re continuously informing the upper authorities on the developments,” he mentioned.

In 2010, A Dewanjee, who was then the Block Growth Officer (BDO) of Jampui Hills, mentioned in a report {that a} stretch of land “measuring 2.5 km, ranging from the Bettlingchhip peak as much as the strategy highway of a BSF (Border Safety Pressure) camp has been claimed by some folks to be below the possession of Mizoram”.

A Dewanjee additionally mentioned that when residents approached the Mizoram authorities they have been proven a “survey map of 1933 the place the mentioned portion of land was recorded below the state of Mizoram”.

North Tripura district officers, nonetheless, preserve that Phuldungsai has been listed as an autonomous district council village in income information of the state for many years.

Pradyot Manikya Debbarman, Tripura’s royal scion, flagged the problem by way of a Fb submit, by which he mentioned he had requested Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb to deal firmly with “our territories being taken away by a neighbouring state”.

“This report from authorities does affirm that unlawful elections have been held by the federal government of Mizoram on our land and state. We demand rapid response from the federal government of Tripura on this matter. Boundaries of Tripura boundaries are non-negotiable,” he mentioned in his submit.

Regardless of makes an attempt to take action, NDTV has not been capable of get a response from the Mizoram authorities on this matter.

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