UCM demands resurvey of all disputed border pillars
In view of the frequent border disputes along the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur, United Committee Manipur (UCM) today demanded the government to institute a committee for resurvey of all the disputed border pillars and finding out their exact locations.
The committee also made its stand clear that Manipur’s land kept protected by the forefathers of Manipur nation throughout history cannot be compromised at all costs.
Speaking to media during a press meet held today at its office, Lamphel, UCM president, Sunil Karam contended that the government is not putting sincere efforts to solve the frequent border disputes along the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur.
Even though surveyor general of India, lieutenant general, Girish Kumar had told the villagers of Kwatha and UCM representatives that there is a need for further verification about the controversies surrounding BP 81 in July last year, he had claimed that BP 81 is in the right position upon his return, Sunil recounted while strongly condemning such nature of double-standards.
The UCM president also expressed similar condemnations towards former home minister (state) Kiren Rijiju for announcing that BP 81 is in the right position at the floor of the parliament. “The issue of BP 82 arising recently at Satang area when the controversies surrounding BP 81 is yet to be settled is very unfortunate,” he added.
While noting that the boundary issue between Manipur and Myanmar is not going to end until a complete resurvey is conducted, he also demanded the State government to initiate resurvey and re-demarcation works with participation from state experts, villagers and government officials.
Sunil Karam further warned that UCM along with the people will be compelled to take actions on its own in doing the needful to protect the land of Manipur if the government fails to initiate action for complete resurvey at the earliest.
Taking part in the press meet, secretary general, UCM, Khuraijam Athouba said that as per documents and records and considering the complaints of the villagers, it cannot be ruled out that the border pillars are shifted towards the Manipur territory.
Making its stand clear, he said that Manipur’s lands are not for cementing Indo-Myanmar ties which India can give away in return for strengthening ties between the two neighbouring countries.
Athouba further asked the ministry of external affairs to clarify with solid source of topography sheet on which traditional boundary the 1967 Rangoon Agreement often refers in executing delimitation or demarcation of the Indo-Myanmar border. The government also should clarify on why location coordinates of the boundary lines along with land marks were being removed from the website of survey general of India, he urged and demanded that all the border pillars point coordinates should be made available to people of Manipur.
While pointing out that locating border pillar takes a minimum of 15 days by using differential geo positioning system (DGPS), he also asked how the surveyor general of India was able to tell that BP 81 was in its right position in the verification of few hours.
The joint survey conducted today by Myanmar and Manipur officials won’t be of much value, said the UCM secretary general and demanded that a committee be set up for complete resurvey of all the disputed boundary pillars. UCM along with the people will be forced to remove the existing border pillars and re-enact in their original positions if the government failed to pay heed to their demands at the earliest, warned Athouba.
On the other hand, president of Manipur Muslim Welfare Organisation, Abdulla Phundreimayum, while briefing media at its office Imphal today, said that there had been cases where border pillar number 81 was erected inside the boundary of India mentioning the incident where the saw mill of Haolenphai village chief was taken away by the Myanmar army.
In the midst of all these incidents where the issues has not been solved yet, about half a months ago border pillar number 82 at Nungkang Satang, Tengnoupal district Manipur was again shifted inside the territory of India for about 300 meter from its original place, said Abdulla.
But till date the Centre is turning a blind eye in the issue unlike the steps and precautions it took when such cases happened in Kashmir when neighbouring countries cross their limits, he added. He continued saying that such nature of Indian government raise an apprehension among the people of Manipur why the issue of Manipur is neglected.
Abdulla said, “If the Centre is in no position to safeguard the territory of the region, it should give the responsibility to the people of the state and there may be a time where the ties between India and Manipur is cut off if the negligence continue”.
If the Indian government had raised the issue at an international level such cases may not happen again like it is happening today. Even leaders of the state are neglecting such issues while they are fighting to save the positions and power. If they continue to do so, people will pour out their anger at the state leaders, he added.
He further stated that the central government should solve the border issue at the earliest and reiterated that not an inch of the land should be given to Myanmar.
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