Myanmar fences 1 km within Indian territory in Manipur, UCM demands to immediately stop fencing

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Imphal: Manipur people will never compromise on territorial boundary for building friendship between India and Myanmar and to fulfil Act East policy, says United Committee Manipur (UCM), a people’s organisation that has been struggling for safegurding of the state’s territorial integrity.

International border security fencing along Indo-Myanmar border near border pillar number 81, which was abandoned by UCM on August last year due to border dispute issue, was found to be constructed crossing 1 kilometre within the Indian territory.

A team of UCM along with reporters visited the border pillar number 81 near Kwatha Khunou on Tuesday. During the visit the abandoned international security border fencing was found resumed by Border Road Task Force under the supervision of Union home department.

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President of UCM, Joychandra Konthoujam said the people of Manipur will never compromise on territorial boundary of Manipur while central government tries to bring friendship with Myanmar and to fulfil Act East Policy.

People of the state also want to bring friendship with Myanmar, however, the construction work should resume after the border dispute is solved. “Construction work of the fencing should be stopped immediately. Central government must give priority on solving the border dispute immediately, he the civil society leader demands.

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The issue was also brought in front of Union minister of state, education and external affairs, RK Ranjan earlier. During the time Ranjan assured that he will verify the border dispute issue before the fencing construction resumes, he added.

“Ranjan, as a man, should fulfil his assurance instead of remaining silent,” Joychandra said.

He cautioned that people of Manipur might demonstrate agitation severe than the June 18 agitation if construction work continues forcibly.

“Will the India government change Indian map for building friendship with Myanmar and to fulfil Act East Policy?” He asked.

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He appealed to the chief minister of Manipur to look into the matter seriously.

Joychandra appealed the central government and state government to solve the border dispute before the fencing work resume.

General secretary, UCM, Ng. Deba Meeitei said state government should declare sincerely that the government is not able to secure the territorial boundary if the fencing work continues forcibly under the supervision of central government. People of Manipur are ready to secure the territorial boundary, he added.

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