1. Chakma rebels from Bangladesh allegedly received military training in Mizoram, as claimed by the Peace Accord MNF Returnees Association (PAMRA).
2. The rebel group, associated with Jana Sangati Samatee (JSS) in Bangladesh, is reportedly conducting training in the Lunglei and Mamit districts of Mizoram.
3. PAMRA raises concerns about the potential security implications and urges the Mizoram government to take immediate action, threatening action if necessary.
Aizawl, Jan 25: A former armed wing of the Mizo National Front (MNF) has raised concerns, claiming that Chakma rebels from Bangladesh are currently undergoing military training in Mizoram.
According to the Peace Accord MNF Returnees Association (PAMRA), Chakma rebels associated with Bangladesh’s Jana Sangati Samatee (JSS), led by Santu Larma, are conducting military training in the Lunglei and Mamit districts of Mizoram.
The training camps are reportedly established in six locations in Lunglei district, including Psalms, Tara Banya, Chumochumi, Malchari (family quarters of JSS Shanti Bahini cadres), Bhalukkyachari, and Andar Manek Village.
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In Mamit district, there are currently two active camps, one in Silsury Village (led by Company Commander Alo Chakma) and another by Commander Binanda Chakma.
Expressing serious concerns, PAMRA emphasized that such training by armed militant groups poses a significant threat to the security of Mizoram and its residents.
The association urged the state government to take immediate action to halt the training and repatriate the militants.
PAMRA warned of taking action against these training camps if the government fails to intervene promptly.
PAMRA, formerly a militant group advocating for the separation of the state from the Indian Union, relinquished its weapons following the Peace Accord signed in 1986. The accord eventually led to the formation of the Peace Accord MNF Returnees’ Association (PAMRA) for the welfare of its members.
It’s noteworthy that the Chakma conflict in Bangladesh is rooted in religious and ethnic tensions, exacerbated by the country’s Islamization policy.
This strife has led to the displacement of Chakmas, some seeking refuge in neighboring regions, including India.
The presence of Chakma rebels undergoing military training in Mizoram raises security concerns, requiring swift attention from the state government to address the situation effectively.