Talking to a delegation from the adjoining Cachar district in his official residence in Aizawl, Lalthanhawla said at present, the Bangladeshi infiltrators were allegedly involved in at least 25 per cent of the crimes, including murders.
Sharifuzamman Laskar, secretary of Congress’s Northeast coordination committee, led the delegation.
The delegation drew the attention of Lalthanhawla to the recent incidents in the state, including the violence on non-Mizos who travel to Mizoram seeking temporary jobs in construction sites here.
Laskar also pointed out the difficulties and inconveniences faced by non-Mizo businessmen while renewing their trade licences in Mizoram under the provisions of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations Act, 1873, without which these people are threatened with expulsion from the neighbouring state.
Lalthanhawla, on the other hand, made it clear that the inner line permit for non-Mizos in Mizoram is essential, as otherwise, the minuscule Christian Mizo community of over 10 lakh would be outnumbered by outsiders.
The chief minister said he would not encourage the acts of the alleged harassment of the genuine non-Mizos from the state who regularly visit Mizoram either as tourists or on specific purposes.
When confronted with the accusations that the activists of Young Mizo Association, the biggest NGO in Mizoram, are engaged in checking the inner line permits of the non-Mizos, Lalthanhawla said there is nothing wrong with it.
He said the police at times engaged the NGO in checking such documents for their convenience.
In a bid to step up the inter-state travel of the traders from Mizoram into Cachar district and vice versa, the chief minister said his government was keen to make the Bhagabazar township in Cachar and its adjoining Vairengte block area in Mizoram a free zone.
This in turn could become a valid enclave for the free movement of the traders of both the adjacent states with their wares.
Lalthanhawla also promised that the boundary demarcations of Assam and Mizoram along the 70km stretch of border of the Barak valley districts would soon be completed, in coordination with the higher authorities of the two states, without any acrimony or bitterness.