Sunday, January 29, 2023

Villagers dismantle fencing pillars at
Manipur sector of Indo-Myanmar border

Correspondent

Villagers on Manipur side of the Indo-Myanmar border have dismantled border fencing after their paddy fields were left beyond the fencing on Myanmar side. An official report said that villagers of Kwatha Khunou, a village near Indo-Myanmar border pillar (BP) 81 have rooted out the border fencing pillars alleging that the BRTF personnel on construction works have left out paddy fields about 200m owned by them on the Myanmar side on Thursday.
While rooting out the fencing pillars, the villagers alleged that the fencing pillars were erected against earlier agreed borderline.
After authorities of the BRTF lodged a complaint, a team from the Moreh police station of Tengnoupal district visited the site today (Friday).
The police met the villagers and deliberated on the matter. During the meeting, the villagers agreed to discuss the issue at the chief minister’s level at the earliest. At the same time, the police also agreed to stop the fencing work till the matter was settled at the official level, the source said.
The fencing on the Manipur sector of the Indo-Myanmar border is being erected by BRTF as the implementing agency of the Central work.
Amid the controversy over the location of many border pillars, the Centre had approved the fencing of 100km out of the 390 km porous border with Myanmar.
Currently, the BRTF is carrying out 10 km of border fencing along the Moreh sector in Tengnoupal district after being halted for a long time due to objections raised by various CSOs and villagers near the international border.

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