UCM suspends agitation

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Imphal: United Committee Manipur (UCM) has suspended its agitation demanding to halt border fencing works along Indo-Myanmar border after Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh assured to halt the border fencing.

If border fencing works found to continue, intensive agitation will be launched, UCM president Joychandra Konthoujam said.

The civil society leader was talking to reporters at its head office, here, on Thursday.

He said with the failure to bring an amicable solution in connection with border fencing issue, some of the politicians are taking advantage regarding the issue. If the government solves the issue in time after the assurance then UCM and people of Manipur might not be in fear of affecting territorial boundary of Manipur.

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The committee had put an ultimatum on June 20 to bring an amicable solution with the present border issue. However with the failure to fulfil the demand, UCM launched an agitation at the western gate of Kangla on Tuesday, Joychandra said.

A team of UCM was called at CM secretariat on Wednesday evening to discuss the matter. After the representatives of the committee pressed the chief minister, special secretary (home), H. Gyan Prakash sent a letter to the Union home secretary, he said.

Minister of state for external affairs RK Ranjan should verify the present border fencing issue immediately, UCM demanded.

In the letter to home secretary it is mentioned that “the Border Roads Organisation is currently constructing border fence along Indo-Myanmar border from BP 79 to BP 81 covering a length of 10 km from Moreh to Kwatha.”

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“The United Committee Manipur (UCM), a civil society organisation is vehemently opposing the construction of the border fence on the allegation that some of the border pillars especially BP 81 and BP 82 are shifted by a large distance on the Indian side from the actual international border. The UCM gathered in large number in a market area on Wednesday and the state police had to resort to firing of tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. The UCM has also announced to continue agitation on the next day in various parts of the state and has even threatened to recruit suicidal teams in the process.” the letter mentioned.

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It mentioned that the law and order situation of the state may worsen in the coming days due to opposition against the ongoing border fencing work, the ministry is requested to consider directing to suspend the border fencing work where the position of border pillar is disputed especially BP 81 and 82 until the dispute is resolved through dialogue.

The letter also requested to depute a team of the ministry and Survey of India for holding a thorough discussion regarding position of the disputed border pillars. “Border fencing in other undisputed areas may be allowed to continued.”

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