Did Myanmar troops enter Manipur? Govt denies

Last Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 09:29

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Days after reported incursions into the Indian territory by the Chinese forces, troops from Myanmar have possibly crossed the Indian border at the Moreh sector of Manipur.

Reports on Thursday said that the Myanmarese soldiers possibly crossed the border two-three days ago and cut trees to set up a temporary camp at Holenphai village in the border town of Moreh.

However, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin, has categorically denied the reports of intrusion or incursion in Manipur, saying it`s on their (Myanmar) side of the border.
The village is next to a disputed pillar, numbered 76, along the Indo-Myanmar border. There are nine pillars that remain disputed, say officials.

Importantly, the Home Ministry has said that Indian troops were able to stop the Myanmarese soldiers.

"The Myanmar army was cutting trees to make their post on the border. The area was very close to the International Border, but our army got it stopped," said Shambhu Singh, the Home Ministry`s Joint Secretary, North East.

State officials and the Assam Rifles troops, who guard the border also downplayed the incident, calling it a "local misunderstanding", not an incursion.
Sources also claimed that the Indian Ambassador to Myanmar, Gautam Mukhopadhyaya, will also meet representatives of Myanmar`s government Friday to discuss the reported intrusion.

Manipur Principal Secretary Suresh Babu, who inspected the area, was quoted as saying, `Tomorrow we will sit together and discuss our maps. Myanmar is a friendly country - we both have to cooperate."

First Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 09:29

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