The All India Chakma Social Forum (AICSF) has approached the Supreme Court against threats from some non-state entities to forcibly evict the Chakma villagers from Tuichawng Chhuah village under Tuichawng Village Council in Lunglei district after Friday, the 18 May 2018. This threat has been issued despite a stay order dated 8 January 2016 from the Hon’ble Gauhati High Court in WP(C) 134/2016 not to evict the Chakma villagers.
In its petition to the Chief Justice of India Shri Dipak Mishra, the AICSF sought “immediate and personal interventions to uphold the rule of law in Mizoram as non-State entities have threatened to forcibly evict the minority Chakma villagers from Tuichawng Chhuah village”.
The petition further said on 16 May evening some persons claiming themselves to be officials of the Forest Department of Mizoram and non-State entities visited Tuichawng Village Council and asked the minority Chakmas of Tuichawng Chhuah to vacate the village by 18 May.
There are a total of 49 Chakma families comprising of 224 persons residing at Tuichawng Chhuah village in Lunglei district of Mizoram which was established more than 40 years ago and officially recognized as a revenue village. The villagers have been provided all kinds of facilities including voter ID cards, ration card, MGNREGS cards, Garden pass/periodic pattas, New Land Use Policy (NLUP) benefits, school under Sarva Shiksha Abiyan, electricity connections, etc. But to satisfy the selfish interests of some student union leaders the Mizoram government had issued an eviction order on 17 December 2015 asking the Chakma villagers to voluntarily vacate the village without giving any reason as to why they should do so, the petition said.
Thereafter, the Chakma villagers through their karbari (village head) Mr Kalendor Chakma approached the Gauhati High Court in WP(C) 134/2016 and 08.01.2016, the High Court stayed the operation of the eviction notice dated 17.12.2015 until further orders.
Despite the stay by the Hon’ble High Court, some non-state entities burnt down the Government Primary school at Tuichawng Chhuah on 26 February 2016. In the evening of the same day, police in Lunglei arrested nine Mizo student leaders in connection with the burning down of the school, but the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Lunglei had to release all of them unconditionally on the next day after non-State entities threatened to launch agitation over their arrest.
On 28 February 2016, the villagers of Tuichawng Chhuah lodged a First Information Report (FIR) at the Tlabung Police Station but no action has been taken against the accused persons as of date.
“There is total subversion of the Rule of Law in Mizoram as the State of Mizoram has failed to take any action against the non-state entities who are responsible for burning down of the Government school and repeatedly threatening the minority Chakmas to use force to evict them from their homes despite a stay order from the Hon’ble Gauhati High Court”, the petition informed the Supreme Court, seeking urgent appropriate actions to uphold rule of law in the state with respect to the Tuichawng Chhauh case.
With inputs from The aPolitical
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