New Delhi, July 8,
Spokesperson of the Union Ministry of External Affairs today bull shitted media report regarding the shifting of the Border Pillar number 81 – 3 km towards the Indian territory.
In an official release to the web site of the MEA, one official spokesperson said report about the shifting of Boundary Pillar in Indo-Myanmar border are completely baseless.
“We have come across media reports stating that certain Boundary Pillars in the Manipur sector of the India- Myanmar international boundary have been allegedly shifted. These reports are completely baseless and unsubstantiated. This sector of the international boundary is settled and there is no confusion as to its alignment”, the official website of the ME quoted the official spokesperson.
It further stated that, “Recently, routine survey work has been carried out jointly by the Indian and Myanmar survey departments during which work on construction of subsidiary pillars in between already settled main boundary pillars 81 and 82 along zero line, that is, agreed and settled international boundary, has also been undertaken. This has been done with the objective of apprising the local residents on both sides of the border of the exact alignment of the international boundary. State Government of Manipur has been involved in the entire exercise.
This work is in consonance with the provisions of the India- Myanmar Boundary Agreement of 1967, to which both Governments are fully committed.”
Mention may be made that Deputy Commissioner of Tengnoupal district had stated in media that the border pillar number 81 reinstated at Indo Myanmar border near Kwatha Village has shifted nearly 3 Km towards the Indian territory. He even said that he can produce documents regarding that and had stated that during the survey conducted by Indian and Myanmar authority there were no presence of state authority.
Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, CPI Manipur state Council CPI M Manipur and other civil society organisations of the state had visited the site and had even protested the encroached by the Myanmar authority to Manipur’s Territory.
On the other hand the tension along the Indo –Myanmar border also drew attention of the Myanmar media. A news report by Burmese media had stated that the border settlement was made recently between the authority of the Myanmar and India and not in 1826 or 1949 or 1967 or since time immemorial.