Imphal, Feb. 11: The United National Liberation Front (UNLF) today made a serious allegation against the Assam Rifles deployed in Manipur’s border township of Moreh, accusing the paramilitary force of crossing the international border into Myanmar and damaging a bridge in the neighbouring country.
In a statement issued this evening, Ksh. Yoiehiba, senior publicity officer of the UNLF, said troops of the 44th and 24th Assam Rifles deployed in Moreh crossed the border and damaged a bridge along the Tamu-Minthar road, about 32km from Tamu town of Myanmar on the night of February 6.
Tamu town is just across Moreh in Manipur’s Chandel district.
The statement also accused the Assam Rifles of putting up a poster reading “Long live UNLF, Long live Meghen. Kabaw Valley belongs to Manipur and not to Burmese dogs” near the bridge to make it appear that the damage was caused by the UNLF.
Meghen is the chairman of the outfit and is now in the custody of the NIA and undergoing trial at the NIA court in Guwahati.
The UNLF said pieces of roti were found at the site of the damaged bridge and jungle boot trails from the spot to Kasung post of the 44th Assam Rifles were also found, making it clear that the sabotage was caused by the paramilitary force.
Terming the act of the Assam Rifles a “proxy war”, the UNLF said it was intended to drive a wedge between the people of Manipur and Myanmar.