Imphal, June 25,
Concerned by the undesirable intervention of the government in the reinstatement of the Moncham Tampak, Kotha Khunou and a number of border pillars on the Indo-Myanmar border in an arbitrary manner that harms the life and renders indistinct the identity of the residents of the typical arid plains adjacent to the neighboring country, the United Peoples’ Front, Manipur (UPF) has called for an end to whatever undivided dividends that the government is trying to gain from the move but has proved to be divisive and is unacceptable to the front.
Border pillars have been removed and reinstalled inside the state’s boundaries without any authentication and these instances have been reported to the press but the government agencies have not rescinded on the permanency of the international border that these agencies themselves settled as in the case of the Kabo valley that became part of Burma in 1949 but has been contended by the same agencies to get political mileage in the region, a press release from the front exemplified.
The recent case of wrongly notifying Border Pillars no. 81 and 82, and some other sub pillars three kilometers into the state boundary at Kotha Khunou on June 22 under the supervision of the District Commissioner of Tengnoupal district is controversial, the statement to the press said. The complicity of the 11 AR 5 Coy in the installation of a particular border pillar is also wrong, the front stated to the media and also cited the instance of the government installing a border pillar at the land along Kontha Khunou that has annoyed the Maring Nagas.