The Tripura government has ordered an inquiry into the inclusion of over 100 voters from a village on the Mizoram border in the electoral rolls of both states.
The order comes shortly before Mizoram’s village council polls scheduled on August 27.
Of the 640 residents of Phuldungsai village in Kanchanpur sub-division, located in the Jampui hill range that criss-crosses the Tripura-Mizoram border, the names of 130 feature in the electoral rolls of both states. The issue is nearly a decade old, according to sources, and two survey attempts to demarcate the boundary had ended inconclusively.
Tripura Revenue Minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma told The Indian Express, “We have asked higher officials to hold an investigation… and submit a report.”
“We have instructed officials to conduct the enquiry in a holistic manner and submit a report on all encroachments on the boundary between Tripura and Mizoram in Jampui Hills,” Debbarma said.
Tripura Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Taranikanti said if there is a duplication of voters in electoral lists of Tripura and Mizoram, the issue would be taken up between his office and the office of his Mizoram counterpart. “The electoral roll revision process is underway. If there is any discrepancy, it will surely be sorted out,” he said. CM Deb’s office was not available for comment.
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