Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 2, 2018: Effigy of Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju was set ablaze by the state councils of All India Youth Federation and All India Students’ Federation today in Imphal, protesting against his assertion that there is no border dispute with India and Myanmar.
AIYF and AISF’s Manipur councils condemned the minister’s statement.
Rijiju on Wednesday told Rajya Sabha that the reports about destruction of border pillar in Manipur were false according to a high level team that visited the spot recently.
AIYF and AISF said the villagers of Kwatha Khunou at the border know the fact. The central team tried to avoid the actual site of the disputed border pillars specially pillar 81. But as the villagers pressed the team visited the original pillar site where there was sign of existence of the pillar in the past. There were moistened bricks at the pillar site, they added.
The central team who came to survey the border failed to bring required tools, said Ramananda Singh, publicity secretary, AIYF, Manipur council. .
We oppose the minister’s statement. So we burnt down the copies of the document he produced in the parliament along with his effigy, said Kh. Romeshwor Singh, AISF Manipur council secretary.
Both the federations have also condemned the state government asking why it remains silent to the issue. They demanded the government to immediately take up measures to find out the real border pillars.
A team of senior officials of ministries of home affairs, external affairs and Surveyor General of India on July 25 visited border pillar no. 81 at Kwatha Khunou in Tengnoupal district for verification.