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Biren says no hasty decisions on border pillar : Curfew clamped, MPP lambasts ministerial team

IMPHAL | Jul 7 : Chief minister, N. Biren Singh today said the issue of Indo-Myanmar Border Pillar No. 81 should be sorted out by discussing it at a proper forum as it is a matter involving two countries.

He said no Manipuri would want to lose any piece of land but no decision can be taken hastily as it is a very sensitive issue, he added.

There is nothing to panic as the state government is committed to facilitate solving the problem amicably, added the chief minister.

Biren was at the inauguration ceremony of Shija Expands for Technology, Safety, Volume, Vision and Value System at the complex of Shija Hospitals and Research Institute, Langol in Imphal West.

Manipur People’s Party president O. Jugindro today said the attitude of the ministerial team and minister Shyam during the visit at the border was not the way to deal as government representative. Asking the villagers to produce document to support their complaint is an irresponsible for a minister, he said.

Tengnoupal deputy commissioner Abujam Tombikanta inspected the new border pillar 81 set up on June 22. He had flashed that it was erected at least 3km inside Indian Territory, said Jugindro.

He said Tombikanta declined the central government instructions to sign on papers regarding border pillars as it was wrong.

A ministerial team led by revenue minister Karam Shyam on Friday visited the Border Pillars on the Indo-Myanmar Border at Kwatha Khunou (Moreh sector) for a spot inspection to ascertain factual ground position of the alleged recently erected subsidiary border pillars.

He was accompanied by water resources minister, Letpao Haokip and tribal affairs and hills minister N.Kayisii.

Minister Shyam was supporting the assertion of Union minister Kiren Rijiu, that there is no change at the border, like an obedient minister, said Jugindro.

Additional district magistrate N. Bankim Singh on Saturday has issued an order that night curfew has been imposed under CrPC 144 along the Indo-Myanmar International border within the belt of three kilometres from the border for a period of six months during 7 pm to 4 am within the Moreh sub-division.

The ministerial team’s visit at the border ‘confused’ the people, said Jugindro. The villagers at the border complain that the visit was far from satisfying the local people as the minister pointedly asked the people if they have any documentary proof to show that the border pillar has indeed been moved into the side of Manipur, he added.

The villagers told him that they were very young when the border was installed. They said it was installed much later by officials of India and Myanmar within the territory of Manipur.

There might be some hidden agenda of the Indian government as the border pillar is guarded by Indian Army as well as Assam Rifle personnel. It might be a strategy of the Centre to ignite clash between Manipuris and Myanmarese, he alleged.

BJP state unit must not follow the instruction of Centre as it might lead massive problem and clash in the state, Jugindro added.

Additional district magistrate N. Bankim Singh on Saturday has issued an order that night curfew has been imposed under CrPC 144 along the Indo-Myanmar International border within the belt of three kilometres from the border for a period of six months during 7 pm to 4 am within the Moreh sub-division.

~IFP

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