Unofficial entry points at Indo-Myanmar border sealed

Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 9 | Publish Date: 3/9/2020 9:47:47 AM IST

Indian authority stepped up its precautionary measures to check spread of COVID-19 by sealing all the unofficial entry points at Moreh sector of Indo-Myanmar.

Following the development, cross border movement was allowed only at the two officials gates (gate no. 1 and 2) at the border town Moreh, official reports here said on Monday.
Earlier, local residents of both the countries at the Indo-Myanmar border were allowed to cross the border without any restriction except frisking and checking of things in their possessions by troops of Assam Rifles guarding the international border.  
From Monday, Assam Rifles authority detailed more troopers along the stretch of the porous international border and imposed total ban on the cross border movement, official sources here said.
Earlier, people of both countries were allowed to cross the border gates after passing fever screening. 
However, from Monday, people crossing the border gates have to fill their personal details in self-declaration form issued by the authority and submit them before crossing the border gate. The step has been taken up to maintain a register of number of people crossing the border, the official source said.
The stringent measure on the cross border movement came up barely a day after state health minister L Jayentakumar visited the border town to take stock of the precautionary measure to check spread of the disease in the state. During his visit, the minister had assured to consult with Union ministry of defence and external affairs regarding the shielding of international border to stop entering of foreigners. The stringent measures being taken up by the Indian authority was lauded by the residents of the border town.
Moreh Consumer Club (MCC) has been pressing authority of Manipur government to shield the border totally in the backdrop of fast spreading coronavirus.

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