Displace Chakmas protest NBCC border fencing

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Aizawl, Feb 02 (UNI) The Mizo Chakma tribe has accused the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) of its 'failure' to compensate to the families, affected by Indo-Bangladesh border fencing project in Lunglei district.

The NBCC had assured the people to release the compensation by January 31.

In a meeting, attended by the representatives from the India- Bangladesh Border Fencing Compensation Demand Committee, Young Chakma Association, and others at Marpara recently, the Chakmas resolved not to allow any further construction there till the compensation is paid.

''NBCC has been duping us. While the Chakmas in other districts have already got some compensation, the people in Lunglei district have not received it yet. We want justice,'' Committee secretary Nihar Chakma stated.

Hundreds of Chakmas, including women and children, have been protesting against the border fencing project at Marpara since January 13 following delay in compensation.

However, on January 18, the protests were temporarily suspended after NBCC deputy project manager, Mizoram sector, S K Pandit, made an agreement with the protestors at Marpara to release compensation by January end.

The NBCC has been constructing the fence along 318 km long Indo-Bangla border stretch in Mizoram.

The project would displace 5,790 Chakma families consisting of 35,438 persons from 49 villages, according to the Indo-Bangla Border Fencing Affected Families Resettlement Demand Committee.

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