Kiren Rijiju on border issue

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, July 01, 2018: Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said ground reality on border pillar issue along the Indo-Myanmar can be assessed by political delegation and cannot be assessed on the basis of some information.

He was talking to reporters in Imphal when he was about to leave when he was highlighted of complaints from the people at the border, political parties and civil society organisations that border pillars have been shifted enchroaching the Indian territory.

Rijiju said, “I have had a discussion and we will have to involve the foreign ministry also. The perception at the ground reality is something which we have to understand.”

“There was joint survey between India and Myanmar and there was no dispute and some subsidiary pillars were also installed at subsequently one place of religious belief was also an issue but what I have got the information is that we are not losing any land and there is no reason we should worry because the ground situation is absolutely clear that India is not losing our territory” he added.

The chief minister and all the senior officials and I had discussed to send some political delegations also. So for the people’s confidence, let this delegation go and see the location and understand by them, the ground situation has to be assessed on the basis of the fact and that can be possible if one visits the spot, said Rijiju.

So before that on the basis of some information we should not create any kind of trouble, he added.

When reporters told him there was no Indian security at the border, the minister said we have our forces and we can’t show our forces in the manner which you would normally see in an avert situation. Myanmar is a friendly country and we have a very good understanding. If there is any issue on the border line that can be sorted out but we have to assure our people that we are not going to compromise all the land which belongs to India, he added.

Reporters highlighted him of the complaints by the villagers at the border that some cultivation land has been taken by Myanmar.

He said that observation of one group or one opinion which might be the actual situation cannot be regarded as official position as it might misinterpret the situation.

Members of Manipur PCC on Friday (yesterday) visited Kwatha Khunou along the Indo Myanmar Border to check border pillar 21 as there have been complaints of encroaching the Indian Territory border by Myanmar.

During the visit the pillar which was painted black on June  27 by members of united Committee Manipur (UCM), a civil society organisation was found painted white by Mynamar authorities.

During the inspection, a subsidiary border pillar of Myanmar was found erected at Namjilok which is situated towards a distance of 100 metres from the controversial border pillar number 81 in Kwatha Khunou. According to the villagers, the said pillar was erected a month back.

The members of UCM who visited earlier, upon finding that the concrete base had been vandalised with a graphiti of Myanmarese scripts along with a symbol of their national flag, they painted it again with black colour.

The villagers of Kwatha Khunou expressed that after the subsidiary pillar was erected at the foot of ‘Mayokpha’ plant, the entire half of the Kuki inhibited, Molfei village, which originally located inside the Indian border, has now gone into Myanmar.

The villagers further expressed that most of the land belonging to Kwatha Khunou village will fall inside Myanmar if the border fencing is erected a 100 meters towards the Indian side by taking the border pillar 81 as the zero point.

Congress MLA, Joykishan said not only the pillar number 81 but 82 and 83 have been found wrongly erected by encroaching an area of three, two, and one and half kilometres towards India.

While the question of territorial integrity that comes with the Naga issue has to do internally, the loss of territory at Kwatha is a much bigger issue between two countries, he added.

In connection with the Framework Agreement, Rijiju said that process is going on, we need not discuss much before things are actually out. Speculation doesn’t help. But the stakeholders are being kept in locked and they are already kept in the look. If anything happens it will be only after wider consultation, he added.

Kiren Rijiju was here for two days visit and took a review meeting of security situation in Manipur along with chief minister N. Biren Singh and senior officers of Army, Central armed forces and state police.






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