Tuesday, February 26, 2008

India-Bangladesh Border Fencing: Who will fix responsibility?

[Note: This press release has been issued by the Compensation Demand Committee, Silusry, Mizoram.]

Compensation Demand Committee, Silsury
Headquarters: Silsury village, BPO-Silsury,
Mamit district, Mizoram-796431, IND
IA

Press Release

26 February 2008

Another Chakma village threatens agitation against NBCC

Aizawl [Mizoram]: On 25 February 2008, the National Building Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC) signed an Agreement with the aggrieved Chakma tribals at Silsury village in Mamit district of Mizoram and promised to release the second phase of compensation to the families affected by the ongoing India-Bangladesh border fencing project on or before 15th March 2008.

The Agreement was reached between the Compensation Demand Committee, Silsury and Mr B R Sharma, Additional General Manager (Engg), NBCC, Mizoram.

The second phase of compensation should have been paid much earlier. But the NBCC has been willfully delaying compensation for its own gain at the cost of the affected families who are very poor” – stated President of the Committee Mr Maya Ranjan Chakma.

There is no reason as to why there should be such resentment against the Border Fencing Project if the quality of lives of the displaced peoples who gave their lands for the national interest were to improve. Our concerns are valid and deserve recognition from the governments of India and Mizoram and the NBCC”, Mr Chakma stated further.

The Chakmas have threatened to launch agitation against the NBCC by blocking roads and fencing works if the NBCC fails to abide by the Agreement.

The government of India has been constructing fencing along the 318 km-long India-Bangladesh border stretch in Mizoram which will displace 5,790 Chakma tribal families consisting of 35,438 persons from 49 villages. The NBCC has been fencing the major portion of the border. [Ends]

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Also, please read - India-Bangladesh border fencing in Mizoram sector: Blatant rights abuses by the NBCC

Displaced Chakmas protest NBCC border fencing

Of fencing and injustice

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