NPF, Manipur joins call for immediate halt of border fencing

IMPHAL, September 10: The Naga Peoples’ Front Manipur State unit has demanded immediate halt to the construction of border fencing in Chandel district of Manipur, bordering Myanmar until such time the international boundary is clearly demarcated by competent authorities of the two countries namely, India and Myanmar.

"It is matter of surprise that the so called construction of border fencing commenced immediately after the visit of a team led by O Ibobi, the Chief Minister of Manipur to Myanmar," NPF, Manipur state communique signed by its secretary Athuan Abonmai said.

According to NPF, during the visit, Chief Minister Ibobi had offered to construct a hospital if the Myanmarese authorities could provide land.

"What had transpired during the visit could not be for the benefit of the people. But, what is clear is that he had donned the role of a prime minister or external affairs minister of a country as the visit showed and the construction of the border fencing discreetly," the NPF added.

The NPF then said that it was only after a report on the illegal border fencing by an organization called Information Centre for Hill Areas of Manipur (ICHAM) that the state government was quick enough to claim that it was only for security purpose.

"The question here is, if it is for security purposes why did the state government set up the border fencing committee? And why and how should the Chief Minister and his deputy apprised the Prime Minister on this issue? It is all an eye wash and for how long the people have to be taken for granted by the Ibobi led Congress Government.  Now, the security fencing could not control the infiltration/enchroachment of the Myanmarese as the Myanmar army has constructed base camp at Haolenphai village inside Indian territory right under the nose of the Indian authorities," the NPF stated.

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