Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Indo-Myanmar border tense after air strikes


Security forces in Manipur intensified vigilance along the Indo-Myanmar in the backdrop of airstrikes near the international border on the Myanmar side.
Tensions ran high among villagers on Manipur side of the international border after Myanmar military launched airstrikes on camps of the People’s Defence Force (PDF) located near the international border. Reports said that the Myanmar military continued aerial strikes at hideouts and camps of the PDF located near the Indo-Myanmar border.
On Thursday, the Myanmar military launched aerial attacks on hideouts and camps of the resistance force in the upper Tamu district close to Indo-Myanmar border.
As per a report from Moreh, Manipur’s border town at Indo-Myanmar border, bombs were dropped at hideouts of the PDF near the border pillar 81 again today, around 9 am.
The military continued the aerial strike with the military continuing bombing even on Friday.
One PDF cadre was reportedly killed and three others injured in the attack. One of the injured cadre was rushed to Moreh hospital for medical treatment.
The impact of the bomb strike reached Kwatha Khunou, a border village on the Indian side, and splinters reached the village located near the border pillar 81.
Kwatha Khunou is located just 1,000 metres away from Indo-Myanmar border and villagers dispersed for their safety and took shelter at neighbouring villages following the aerial strike, the reports said.
Sounds of the exchange of fires were also heard in B Bongjang, Jangnoi, Kwatha Khunou and Molphei villages on the Indian side.
The displaced villagers said that they fled fearing casualty as the exchange of fire ensued around 5 am and continued till late in the evening.
The whole night, they hid themselves in the thick forest area and returned to their village Friday morning only to flee again after the splinters of the air bombing reached their village, they added.
Earlier on Thursday morning, a large number of Myanmar military engaged in a fierce gun-fight with the PDF cadres. Later, the military launched the airstrike following a stiff resistance from PDF cadres.
Noting seriously the developing situation along the borderline, state police commandos stationed at Moreh town rushed to the border villages to keep a close watch on the development.
In view of the developing situation along the international border, the state authority has taken up appropriate security measures, Manipur chief minister Biren Singh said in a Facebook post.
In Churachandpur sector of the Indo-Myanmar border , Behiang police and IRB team intensified foot patrolling near the border covering MK Road, places near border pillar 43 and L Kanan village, the chief minister further wrote on Facebook.


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