IMPHAL, Sep 18 NNN: The Manipur unit of CPI today claimed about a 120 metre-long wood fencing constructed by Myanmar army was found inside the controversial Holenphai village along Indo-Myanmar border line in Manipur’s Chandel district.
At the same time, the state CPI urged the state Government to convene an All-Party meeting at once to discuss on the contentious Indo-Myanmar Border Fencing. This comes after a team of the party members visited the border yesterday.
The team led by S Sotinkumar, secretary, Irawat Celebration Committee during the trip found erection of about a 120 metre-long wood fencing inside Holenphai village by Myanmar army, Dr M Nara, secretary, CPI Manipur State Council claimed while briefing the media at the Irawat Bhavan here.
Nara said it is never a right move of the state Government to remain mute after having confirmed that the neighbouring Myanmar has seized a large chunk of Manipur’s land on the border, calling upon the Government to immediately convene an All-Party meeting to discuss ways to find out a solution.
It has been learnt that the spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has revealed to set up a joint working group to oversee the undemarcated border areas along the Indo-Myanmar international line, Nara said and suggested that a senior Government official from the state like RK Nimai, Commissioner, Art and Culture should be included in the proposed joint working group.
Sotinkumar said the 120 metre-long fencing in Holenphai was constructed by the Myanmar army overnight. The fencing had to pass through right in the middle a big house belongs to a Kuki family and the Myanmar army shot in the air to drive the family away to complete the fence construction, he cited one of the family members as saying.
The state CPI team also visited Moreh Ward No-3 inhabited by the Tamils and the Muslim dominated Ward No-5, he said, claiming that an area of about 100 metre of the Tamil temple was also found already ceded to Myanmar.
Sotinkumar said the CPI team was assisted by Moreh Meitei Council and Tamil Sangam during the visit.
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