Shiv Sena, AAP delegates hoist flags at ‘actual’ site

IMPHAL, 9th July: A joint team of Shiv Sena Manipur Unit and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Shiv Sena state president M Tombi, Len Gangte and AAP convener Th Manihar visited the disputed area of Indo-Myanmar Border Pillar no 81 on Monday. The team also hoisted Indian National Flag and the seven-coloured flag of Manipur’s seven clans at the actual site of the border pillar as claimed by Kwatha villagers. The team found the present border pillar No. 81 guarded by 11 Assam Rifles led by Major Aryan. The AR personnel did not allow anybody to go near the pillar.

From there, the team along with Kwatha villagers went to the actual site claimed by the villagers. The team reached the actual site which is marked by a big stream which runs aside Ngamjufa River by crossing Namjinlok River and then a forest. The villagers told the team that it was the site where BSF erected the border pillar No. 81 in 1968-69. The team then hoisted the flag of seven clans there and raised Indian National Flag claiming the area as state’s territory.

Interacting with media persons during the visit, Shiv Sena state president M Tombi said that the team has confirmed that the BP No. 81 has been indeed shifted 3 km inside Kwatha Khunou. “The Centre conceded the land to Myanmar government in January 2013. This is not just encroachment on Manipur’s land but also on Indian territory,” Tombi remarked.

He condemned the statement of Union minister Kiren Rijiju who claimed there is no border dispute. The Central government should look into the matter and initiate a new demarcation of the boundary for assurance of the people of Manipur, he said. He further stated that he will meet party president and general secretary on July 14 to inform them about the issue so as to raise the issue in the upcoming Parliament session

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