Sunday, August 14, 2022

Tension in Moreh town palpable

Correspondent

Indian security forces have tightened security along the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur’s Moreh sector as tensions remained high in the border town. Myanmar authorities were yet to hand over the dead bodies of two Indians killed in Tamu town of the neighbouring country on July 5 last.
According to Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, Indian authorities were communicating with the Myanmar authorities through diplomatic channels to hand over the bodies.
Talking to reporters on the sideline of a public function in Imphal East today, Singh said, “We are communicating with Rangoon through the Myanmar embassy in New Delhi regarding the handing over of the dead bodies.”
Rangoon has assured to look into the matter and do the needful to hand over the dead bodies at the earliest, he added.
Meanwhile, a day after prohibitory order on gathering of five or people and carrying deadly weapons under section 144 of CrPC was promulgated, the state home department has sent additional state security forces in the border town.
Tension prevailed in Moreh after two Indian nationals from the border town were shot dead in Tamu town in Myanmar where they visited their friend on Tuesday.
Reports said that the dead bodies are yet to be handed over to Indian authorities.
The state force led by an IG of the state police reached the border town late last night and dispersed across the border town to maintain law and order.
Residents of Moreh have been protesting against the non-handing over of the dead bodies by the Myanmar authorities since yesterday.
The protesters who torched a sentry post of the Myanmar Army after crossing the international border also engaged in pelting stones with the Myanmar nationals across the border.
In view of the prevailing high tension, Tengnoupal district administration has imposed restrictions under section 144 of CrPC after yesterday’s violent protest that torched a sentry post of Myanmar Army.
Besides troops of Assam Rifles, additional state security forces like police commandos, IRB and Manipur Rifles have also been deployed along the borderline.
Cross border movement, including at the official entry gates, has been prohibited to check escalation of the violent incidents.
The district administration, in an advisory, also asked the people on the Indian side not to cross the border without prior permission from the competent authorities for the time being.
Cross border movement is allowed in normal situations under a free trade regime.
The security forces have also prevented any kind of gathering at the Sunrise ground located just at the international border.
On the other hand, top police officials camping in the border town convened a meeting with the leaders of the CSOs and various communities today, in a bid to check escalation of the violent protests in the border town.

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