Members of United Committee Manipur (UCM) and Meetei Council Moreh (MCM) jointly inspected the “disputed” fencing at Border pillar 80 and 81 along the India-Myanmar border near Kwatha Khunou village under Indian territory on Wednesday.
The joint team was led by UCM president Joychandra Konthoujam and UCM general secretary Deva Ngangom along with office bearers of the two organisations.
On the sidelines of the inspection, Joychandra and Deva told the media that the UCM always stands for the territorial integrity of the state. UCM had been struggling and staged different forms of agitation against the loss of Manipur’s land or areas, they said.
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They expressed gratitude to the present government for halting the current border fencing considering that “there is no correction in the demarcation of the border fencing.”
They also met the labour and staff of 82 BRTF who are undertaking the work of border fencing. The labourers informed the inspection team that their work has been stopped since the past 10 days, following order from the state government to halt the work until a correct demarcation is taken up.
They stressed that the state government should take up steps and discuss with the Central government to end the border dispute at the earliest. The state Government should also identify the areas which are under dispute and hammer out a solution with the Myanmar government, they added.
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They further appealed to the External Affairs Minister RK Ranjan to take up possible steps to find a solution with the Myanmar government to end the border dispute. The minister should keep his words that there will be no dispute in the border fencing and no areas or land of the state will be lost, they added.
If the government does not resolve this dispute at the earliest, UCM with other like minded organisations will take up different forms of agitation in the future, they added.