Imphal, Aug. 27: Civil organisations have threatened to launch an agitation if the government fails to demarcate the border between India and Myanmar for fencing by September 26.
The warning comes a day after a high-powered committee inspected the construction of the fence at Moreh along the Indo-Myanmar border.
The Committee on Protection of Land in Border Fencing submitted a memorandum to governor Ashwani Kumar, who visited Moreh today.
The governor inspected the controversial border fence that is being built by the Assam Rifles.
Yesterday, principal secretary (Home) Suresh Babu had visited the site.
According to documents maintained by the state home department, the dispute between Manipur and Myanmar is over a 35km stretch of the border at Moreh and Molcham in Chandel district and Choro Khunopu in Ukhrul district.
The dispute arose after border pillars in these areas were either removed or shifted by unknown persons.
To look into the issue, the then Wahengbam Nipamacha Singh government constituted a cabinet sub-committee, headed by deputy chief minister L. Chandramani Singh, in 2000. But the committee did not make any recommendation to the government.
The Joint Boundary Commission of India and Myanmar demarcated the 350km-long Manipur-Myanmar border in 1967.
“The Manipur government and Myanmarese authorities don’t know where the exact border line is. There is confusion but the local villagers have some idea of the border. Therefore a re-demarcation is required,” Brozendra Ningomba, convener of the citizen committee said.
Myanmarese authorities claim that portions of the area where India is constructing an integrated checkpost near border gate No. 1 at Moreh belongs to Myanmar. The governor visited this checkpost.
Village chiefs said the Myanmarese military frequently come to their villages and claim that the village lands belong to Myanmar.
The Myanmarese military had also tried to construct a military post at Hollenphai, a border village in Chandel district, earlier this month. They stopped after government authorities at Moreh objected to the move.
“One military officer came to our village earlier this month and claimed that our village belongs to Myanmar. He told us to shift. I told him this is our land and we will not leave. We want Indian and Myanmar authorities to settle the border issue soon,” chief of Hollenphai village, Lalkhulun Haokip, said.
There are reports of such intrusions by the Myanmar army in several villages.
The citizen committee wants the chiefs of villages along the border to be included in the Indo-Myanmar joint demarcation team.