Fleeing armed conflict, more than 200 Kuki-Chin from Bangladesh enter Mizoram

Aizawl: Fleeing an armed conflict between the Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and an ethnic separatist group Kuki-Chin National Army (KNA), more than 200 people from Bangladesh migrated to Mizoram to take refuge in the state, an official said on Monday.

Mizoram shares a 318 km long international border with Bangladesh.

The official said 274 Bangladeshi nationals, including 125 women and children, fled their villages in Bangladesh and entered Siminasora village in Lawngtlai district in the far south of Mizoram on Sunday.

The Bangladeshi nationals belonged to the Kuki-Chin-Mizo community, he said.

The district administration and NGOs are providing humanitarian aid to Bangladeshis, he added.

KNA is the armed wing of the Kuki-Chin National Front (KNF), a political front formed by the Kuk-Chin-Mizo ethnic community in Bangladesh, which demands a separate state and protection for the community in the neighboring country.

Meanwhile, the Zo Reunification Organization (ZORO) has condemned the attack on civilians of Kuki-Chin-Mizo community by the Bangladeshi army.

The Mizo Group, which works for the reunification of the Chin-Kuki-Mizo tribes of India, Myanmar and Bangladesh, has alleged that the Bangladeshi army made a secret deal with the Myanmar-based Arakan Army (AA) to launch joint operations against the KNA.

The combined Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion and AA forces attacked Chaihkhiang and surrounding villages last week and abducted 9 civilians, he added.

The state’s influential student body, the Mizo Students Union (MSU), has urged the Border Security Forces (BSF), which guard the Indo-Bangladesh border, not to prevent refugees from entering the Mizoram.