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Mizoram CM plea for better border security

Silchar, May 22: Mizoram chief minister Lalthanhawla appealed to the Prime Ministerís secretariat to take steps to plug the stateís borders with Myanmar, worried over the rampant infiltration by the Myanmarese.

The chief minister told T.K.A. Nair, adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during his two-day visit to the state, that the open border aids infiltrators who cross over from Chin in Myanmar.

At present, according to Lalthanhawla, nearly one lakh Myanmarese, mostly Burmese Mizos and Chin tribals, had infiltrated the state.

Moreover, the infiltrators also smuggle narcotics and banned drugs, which have a ready market in the Chin and Kachin-inhabited regions in Myanmar.

Lt Gen. Ravi Shankar, the director-general of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), accompanied T.K.A. Nair.

According to official sources in Aizawl, the duo toured the stateís border areas and surveyed the road infrastructure.

Sources said the visit, ahead of the proposed tour of the Prime Minister to Myanmar shortly, has aimed at strengthening road conditions in the state.

An official statement issued by the Mizoram government said the Centre should step up border security in the state to boost border trade.

At present, the Assam Rifles patrols Mizoramís borders with Myanmar, but the terrain makes their task difficult.

Nair and Shankar had also visited Manipur to survey road conditions.

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