Border passes to be mandatory to enter Namphalong

MOREH,5th Oct: Troopers of 11 Assam Rifles on Friday imposed restrictions on conduct of business at Namphalong Keithel by blocking Indo-Myanmar Friendship Gate no 2. The restriction was imposed on people settling within 16 km from Moreh town by asking them to show identity proof and passes issued by immigration office. Earlier, people who are settling within 16 km from Moreh like Khudengthabi village were allowed to cross the border by checking identity card only.

Soon after hearing the news of restriction, SDPO of Moreh Police and Immigration Officer Sandeep Gopaldas along with Additional SP Robinson rushed to gate no 2 and met Army Major Animesh. After a brief discussion, it was agreed to follow the earlier rule of allowing entry for the time being. Speaking to media persons, Major Animesh said that border pass would be made for those settling within 16 km from Moreh town and those settling beyond 16 km from Moreh town will be allowed to cross the border by showing the required documents issued by immigration office.

Earlier rule would be followed for the time being, but once the border pass has been issued the new rule will be implemented, he said, adding that people coming from Imphal wouldn’t be allowed to enter the border without the pass issued by immigration office. The market place remained off-limit from 7 to 9 am and consequently trade at Namphalong just across the border came to a standstill since Indian traders could not go there.

Officials of Tengnoupal district under which Moreh town falls said, "This is a dress rehearsal since travel across the international border will be regulated soon". Police sources said that persons staying within 16 km on either side of the international border are allowed to cross Moreh or Namphalong. "People coming to the international markets beyond this limit wlll have to obtain immigration pass", Moreh officer in-charge L Vaiphei was quoted as saying by IANS.

Businessmen at Moreh say that bona fide traders from within the 16 km belt in both the countries will face no obstructions. Police sources said soon all sections of people will have to produce valid documents. Officials said that the restrictions will mean that insurgents and drug traffickers donot find it easy to get immigration passes.

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