Kamjong calls for closure of borders

R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 19th Apr: At a time when the state government has sealed off its borders with Myanmar across the state as a preventive measure to contain the novel Coronavirus, the seizure of Myanmar-made contraband liquor from a man on Friday has apparently exposed some loopholes in border closures in Kamjong district.
Subsequently, local civil societies Raizan Katamnao Long (RKL), Kamjong Katamnao Long (KKL) and Bungpa Khullen Katamnao Long (BKKL) have sought the state government's attention in ensuring stricter enforcement of border closures in the border region.
According to sources, volunteers of RKL who were keeping watch at a checkpoint near Kamjong town, intercepted a suspicious person on Friday. On inspection, the man identified as Alun Haokip from a nearby border village Molvailup was found in possession of Myanmar contraband liquor.
The man was reportedly heading towards Kamjong town when he was caught with the consignment that contained around 23 bottles of the contraband liquor. The volunteers later handed over the man with the seized items to Kamjong police, sources informed.
According to the source, the liquor which was procured at Rs 90-150 per bottle is being sold at a staggering price of Rs 400-500 once it crossed the border. It is learnt that there are five main border gates in Kamjong area, namely Choro, Pillong, Mawailuk, Thana and Skipe, and that all these border routes had been closed by the district administration along with the local civil societies of Kamjong.
It is suspected that despite the closure of the borders, smugglers could have taken off routes to bring in contraband items.
The CSOs have also warned of a more stringent action against anyone indulging in such illegal activities across the border.
At the same time, the organisations expressed serious dismay over such irresponsible act of illegal smugglers in this crucial time of global pandemic, which could increase the risk of the health and lives of border villagers.
"We have been relentlessly enforcing the lockdown and implementing all possible health and safety measures to stem spread of the Covid-19 pandemic here in Kamjong," they said.
The volunteers have been guarding the border region at various strategic points in view of the global pandemic.


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