Imphal, Sept. 5: The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) will take up the issue of Indo-Myanmar border survey before AICC president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Senior CLP member and former cabinet minister N. Biren Singh told The Telegraph that they had discussed the matter in a meeting, chaired by chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, last evening.
“The meeting took the matter very seriously and decided to approach the AICC president and the Prime Minister for intervention in the matter,” he said.
The CLP will press for a follow-up of the recent proposal made by the external affairs ministry to Yangon to form a joint working group of the two countries to settle the border issues.
The CLP took the decision following demands for re-survey of the more than 350km-long Manipur-Myanmar border.
The Opposition parties have also joined the chorus over the border troubles.
A team of legislators of the the Opposition Trinamul Congress, led by its leader in the Assembly, I. Ibohalbi Singh, plans to visit Moreh on Saturday to examine the construction of a barbed wire fence by the Assam Rifles in Moreh sector in Chandel district.
“We will carry out verification of the border fence, interact with chiefs of villages affected by the border fence and take their opinion on the fence and demarcation of the international border,” Ibohalbi Singh told this correspondent.
He said after reviewing the border situation and taking opinions of the village chiefs, the Trinamul Congress would put pressure on the state government and the Centre to resolve the border issue.
The Assam Rifles is constructing a 10km barbed wire fence at Moreh for security reasons.
Villagers and citizens organisations have strongly objected to the location of the fence.
It is allegedly constructed at distances ranging from 200 metre to 1km from the areas believed by the villagers to be the actual border.
In addition, the demand for a fresh survey was raised following reports that the Myanmar army recently tried to set up a military post at Hollenphai village in Chandel district.
A high-power committee, headed by principal secretary, home, Suresh Babu, inspected the border fence last month after the objections on border fencing were raised.
The setting up of the committee, however, failed to pacify the people.
The Ibobi Singh government has also not taken any follow-up action after the committee’s inspection.
The United Committee Manipur (UCM), a citizens’ organisation formed to protect Manipur’s boundary, is preparing a memorandum for submission to the Prime Minister, detailing Manipur’s geographical history.
The UCM is expected to caution New Delhi against compromising Manipur’s land while re-demarcating the border.