Aizawl: Security forces have arrested a Myanmarese man in Mizoram along the international border and seized arms and ammunition from his possession, police said here on Sunday.
Chingsianpianga, 36, was arrested during a joint operation by Mizoram Police and Assam Rifles troopers at Hnahlan village in Champhai district on Friday night when he was smuggling the arms into India from Myanmar across the IB.
Two M-3 rifles, three loaded magazines and a huge cache of bullets have been seized from him, a police officer said.
The officer said Chingsianpianga was a resident of Darkhai village in Myanmar.
The arrested man told police that the arms were smuggled from Myanmar.
“The seized arms and ammunition were suspected to have been meant for Chakma rebels operating in Bangladesh,” the officer said.
The Chakma rebels have been demanding sovereign status in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Mizoram shares a 510-km mountainous border with Myanmar. Assam Rifles troopers were posted along the 1,643-km India-Myanmar border along Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Manipur (398 km), Nagaland (215 km) and Mizoram (510 km).
Mizoram also shares an unfenced 318-km international border with Bangladesh.
The Mizoram government has launched an awareness campaign across the state on climate change and global warming, officials said on Wednesday.
The government took action after a report stated that Assam, Mizoram and Jammu and Kashmir are among the 12 Himalayan states in India that are extremely vulnerable to global warming and climate change.
The Mizoram Remote Sensing Application Centre (MIRSAC) and Deputy Commissioners of various districts are organising awareness campaigns involving government officials, NGOs, media persons, academicians, village council leaders and students, said a state Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) official.
Addressing an awareness-cum-workshop in Lunglei district on Tuesday, Lunglei Deputy Commissioner K. Lalrinzuali said that India’s 12 Himalayan states, especially Assam, Mizoram and Jammu and Kashmir, are the most vulnerable to climate change.
“Himalayan communities are generally more vulnerable to climate change because they have fewer livelihood options, limited infrastructure and a high dependence on natural resources,” she said while referring to a recent study conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology-Mandi, IIT-Guwahati and Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.
Stressing on the gravity of the present situation, Lalrinzuali told people to plant more trees, use natural resources judiciously and adopt simple eco-friendly habits in their daily routines, a DIPR statement said.
Speaking at the event, Chief Scientific Officer of Mizoram’s Directorate of Science and Technology, R.K. Lallianthanga, highlighted the various initiatives and projects undertaken by his department to deal with the situation arising out of climate change.
According to an official of Tripura Science, Technology and Environment Department, states having low per capita income, low area under irrigation and low area under forests per 1,000 households and high area under open forests received a high vulnerability score in the joint study.
“Assam has the least area under irrigation, least forest area available per 1,000 rural households and the second lowest per capita income among the other IHR (Indian Himalayan Region) states, and thus scores the highest vulnerability score,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
Based on this assessment, the vulnerability index was found to be the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71), followed by Jammu and Kashmir (0.62), Manipur (0.59), Meghalaya and West Bengal (both 0.58), Nagaland (0.57), Himachal Pradesh and Tripura (both 0.51), Arunachal Pradesh (0.47) and Uttarakhand (0.45).Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42.
The Himalayas are the largest and tallest mountain range in the world, bordering five countries and covering an area of about 43 lakh sq km.
Nearly 1.5 billion people depend on the Himalayas for water, food and energy. The Himalayan ecosystem is considered as extremely fragile and diverse but vital for India. (IANS)