Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Protesters torch Myanmar Army’s sentry post

Correspondent

Angry residents of Manipur’s border town Moreh on Wednesday crossed the international border and torched a sentry of Myanmar Army as tension over the killing of two Indian nationals in the neighbouring country escalated on Wednesday.
Tension gripped the border town after two Indian nationals from the border town were shot dead in in Tamu town in Myanmar where they visited their friend on Tuesday.
Myanmar authorities were yet to hand over the dead bodies of Tamil natives – M Iyanar (28) of Moreh ward no. IV and P Mohon (27) of Moreh ward no. II – to Indian authorities till late this evening.
They had gone to Tamu town to attend a birthday party of one of their friends, locals said.
Due to failure of Myanmar authorities to hand over the bodies till late in the afternoon, residents of the border town protested and pelted stones on shops, hotels and other establishments on Myanmar side of the international border.
They further crossed the international border and torched a sentry post of the Myanmar Army near the border after they dismantled the post where no Army was stationed at the time of arson.
The situation worsened with people on the Myanmar side retaliated by pelting stones towards the Indian protesters.
The situation was brought under control only after the intervention by security forces of both the countries. Troops of Assam Rifles assisted the local police on the Indian side to calm down the protesters while Myanmar Army dispersed the protesters on their side, reports said.
In view of the prevailing tension, additional security forces have been deployed along the international borderline on both sides, the report said.
Several protesters on the Indian side were reportedly injured in the retaliatory action by Myanmar nationals. Some of them who sustained head injuries were admitted at hospitals in the border town, reports said.
The report, however, could not confirm any injuries on the Myanmar national sides.
Earlier, a mass rally participated by thousands of residents of Moreh was carried out in Moreh town where shops, business centres and other establishments remained closed in protest against the killing.
While demanding immediate handing over of the dead bodies, the rally also pressed authorities to pay compensations to the bereaved families.
At the concluding part of the rally, a memorandum addressed to Manipur chief minister was submitted to the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Tengnoupal district stationed at Moreh.
In the memorandum, of which a copy each was submitted to the Tengnoupal district SP, DC and local MLA, CSOs based in the border town set a 24-hour deadline to take up necessary steps to get back the bodies.

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