Imphal: The United Committee Manipur (UCM) has suspended its stir over the border pillar issue temporarily after Chief Minister N Biren Singh affirmed that he had requested the Central Government to halt the border fencing along the Border Pillar Number 80 and 81.
Addressing a press meet held at its office on Thursday, UCM President Joychandra Konthoujam said that the committee had a meeting with Chief Minister N Biren regarding the disputed border pillar, wherein its leaders reminded the Chief Minister about the seriousness of the border issue and its demand for putting an end to the border fencing work at Kwatha until the border dispute is settled.
He said that the Chief Minister informed them that the State Government had already sent a letter to the Union Home Ministry on June 22 to suspend the border fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border for the time being. He said that the Chief Minister also apprised them that the State Government appealed to the Ministry to give a direction to BRO to suspend the border fencing works along the Indo-Myanmar border.
He said that a team of UCM along with media persons visited Border Pillar No. 79 to 102 covering a distance of 398 km along the Indo-Myanmar border to take a first-hand account of the border dispute.
During the visit, the team found that there is a dispute in the areas of Border Pillar No. 80 and 81 located at Kwatha after which the committee submitted a memorandum to the State Government and Union Minister of State for External Affairs Dr RK Ranjan to intervene and settle the border dispute at the earliest, he said.With regard to the untoward incident that took place at Khurai Lamlong Bazar area on Wednesday in which one UCM leader and a woman journalist were injured, Joychandra expressed dismay over the incident saying UCM is deeply concerned about the protection of the State’s land.