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Mizoram: Rajya Sabha member urges centre to raise separate Mizo Regiment

Mizoram Rajya Member from Mizoram, K Vanlalvena has recently urged the centre to raise a separate Mizo Regiment in the Indian Army under the Union defence ministry.

Vanlalvena requested defense minister Rajnath Singh to initiate steps for raising Mizo Regiment in the Indian Army or Mizoram Rifles under the Union Home Ministry.

While giving justification to his request, Vanlalvena recalled the dignity and valor displayed by the Mizos in resisting subjugation by the British and how two Mizo chiefs – Dokulha Chinzah and Ropuiliani – spent the rest of their lives in jail fighting against British raj and not surrendering themselves till their last moments.

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He expressed optimism that Mizo youths, with their inborn fighter spirit and strong desire to join the Indian Army and paramilitary forces, can make up the best regiment or best paramilitary force in the country.

During the agitation against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) last year, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had promised Mizoram NGOs leaders that the Centre would raise a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) battalion, which will consist of complete Mizo youths, according to a Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA) leader.

Mizoram shares a 404-km international border with Myanmar and a 318-km border with Bangladesh.

While the Mizoram-Myanmar border is guarded by Assam Rifles, the Mizoram-Bangladesh border is being manned by the Border Security Forces (BSF). Both the security forces are playing an important role in safeguarding the borders and checking smuggling of arms and drugs.

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