SUKHAM NANDA SINGH
MOREH, 28th Oct: Tengnoupal district police deployed in Moreh sub-division have been maintaining top vigil and carrying out intense checking to prevent unauthorised entry from neighbouring Myanmar, said district’s superintendent of police (SP) Dr S Ibomcha Singh.
Informing that till date there is no report of cross border influx into Moreh town, Dr Ibomcha told media persons, who took part in the recent AMWJU-sponsored rural reporting tour to Tengnoupal district, that state security personnel posted at Moreh are closely monitoring the security situation, with specific attention on movement at entry points along the border belt.
Some check posts have also been established along the border in the aftermath of reports about Rohingya Muslims fleeing from Myanmar and possibility of these refugees entering Manipur through Moreh town or other porous pockets, said the police officer.
He also stated that the district police teams have been carrying out checking operation on a daily basis as a part of the exercise to restrict Myanmar nationals from staying in Moreh town after 4 pm.
Moreover, special campaign to make the Myanmar nationals aware about Indian traffic rules and implement the same on the Indian side of the international border are being conducted from the Indo-Myanmar linking bridge as Myanmar motorists drive on the right lane of the road, he maintained.
He also explained that such campaign is aimed at regulating traffic flow, avoid congestion and prevent road accidents in the border area.
Regarding the law and order situation in Tengnoupal district, Dr Ibomcha conveyed that with full co-operation from Assam Rifles, whose personnel are mainly deployed to man the international boundaries, the police force in-spite of being under-strength in such a sensitive part of the state have been somehow managing to maintain order in the border town in addition to checking smuggling of drugs and other illegal items from Myanmar.
He also mentioned that compared with past few years, insurgency-related violence in Tengnoupal district has declined to a great extent.
While revealing that the total strength of state police in the newly created district is only 300, the SP conceded that in case of major unwanted incidents ensuring full-proof security in the entire district will be a difficult task. Once the proposal for opening three new police stations at Thangbu Minou, Machi and Monlenphai and stationing additional police personnel have been approved by the state government; security loopholes, if any, could be effectively plugged, he observed while stressing that presence of security personnel in adequate strength is essential for checking smuggling of drugs and other illegal activities in the border areas.
As various areas along the nearly 300 km stretch of the border belt which Tengnoupal district shares with Myanmar are porous the existing strength of state forces is highly incompatible to strictly maintain vigil in all the border pockets, he said, and expressed hope that considering sensitive nature of Tengnoupal district state authorities will do the needful in terms of sanctioning police personnel in adequate strength and arming them with modern weaponry and communication gadgets for successful and effective maintenance of law and order.
Dr Ibomcha also expressed that despite vulnerability of the border district to illegal influx and anti-social activities at the juncture such problems could be solved significantly on completion of the border fencing project.