Fresh tension after Myanmar nationals construct shed near border

Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 18 | Publish Date: 9/18/2020 12:51:25 PM IST

Tension was stroked at the un-demarcated Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur sector after  a shed was constructed by  Myanmar nationals close to the international border.

The shed constructed in the  proximity of the Manipur sector of Indo-Myanmar border was at a time when dispute over the alleged shifting of border pillar number 81 marking the international border at Kwatha Khunou sector in Manipur was yet to be settled.

The construction has however been halted following intervention by Indian authorities in Tengnoupal district. 

The Manipur government has also notified the Union ministry of external affairs and requested it to take up the matter with the Myanmar government at the diplomatic level and take up necessary action as deemed appropriate.

Some Myanmar nationals constructed the shed in the proximity of the un-demarcated general area near international border pillar no. 76.

Noticing the construction, the chief of Helenphai village of Manipur near the international border reported the matter on August 18 last. 

Subsequently, officials of Tengnoupal ADC along with additional SP of the district visited the site, an official source said.

SP of Tamu district of Myanmar with other police officials of the country also reached the spot and the construction was jointly verified by 43 Assam Rifles and SP Tamu on the same day, it added.

After the spot verification, SP Tamu passed instructions to halt further construction till such time an official decision is received on the issue. He requested that a case be taken up by civil administration of both the countries, the source said.

Later, adjutant for commandant of 43 Assam Rifles wrote an official letter to the DC Tamu district asking the Myanmar authority to prevent construction activity in the non-demarcated area near border pillar 76 near the Indo-Myanmar border on August 27 last.

Based on the letter from the Assam Rifles authority, Tengnoupal DC, Mayanglambam Rajkumari, on August 29, brought up the matter in a written letter to the state home department through the deputy secretary.

The DC also provided details of the site where the Myanmar nationals constructed the shed.

Based on the report submitted by the Tengnoupal DC, special secretary (home) of the Manipur government H Gyan Prakash notified the Union external affairs ministry.

The letter  was written on September 16 

The letter drew the attention of the concerned authority to take up the matter with the government of Myanmar at the diplomatic level and take necessary action as deemed appropriate.

The un-demarcated areas along the Manipur sector of Indo-Myanmar border, particularly in Moreh sub-sector of Tengnoupal district has long been a bone of contention between the people of the two countries.

The latest controversy was the alleged shifting of the border pillar no. 81 towards the Indian in the middle of 2018.

Amid hue and cry from sections of society in Manipur to protect state land at the international order, the Centre said there was no border dispute between India and Myanmar and the demarcation of nine pillars was being worked out in a complete understanding with the neighbouring country.


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