Security tightened along Indo-Myanmar border

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 22nd Apr: To tighten security and restrict any kind of movement along Indo-Myanmar border in light of increasing COVID-19 cases in Myanmar, several companies of IRB personnel have been deployed to carry out border fencing from Pakmual village to Behiang on Wednesday.
Around 100 IRB personnel have been deployed to carry out border fencing from Pakmual village to Behiang under Churachandpur district bordering Myanmar. The team is led by SP Churachandpur Amitra Sinha under the supervision of SDPO Keisham Bijoykumar.
Meanwhile, according to a statement of CCpur district police, there are some motorable roads connecting border villages on both sides. Fencing activity was carried out at three locations to halt all movement of vehicles at Sunagphu (between BP 39 & 40), Sunagdai (between BP 35 & 36), and Behiang village (near BP 41) areas. Further, fencing activity at Pakmual (BP 37) is being carried out. This will effectively seal all motorable tracks including dry river beds, which are used by Shaktiman trucks, to cross over to and from Myanmar. To ensure complete halt on cross border movement of people along the 79.5 km long international boundary in the district, regular patrolling activities are conducted by personnel of Behiang PS and Singngat PS, in co-ordination with Assam Rifles. The dry river beds are hot spots for crossing over and therefore Tuivai, Samtui and Tuivel river beds are covered during such exercises.
Frequent meetings are held by police personnel, civil administration and doctors to educate villagers on measures taken to fight COVID-19 and the importance of sealing the border so that they don’t extend cooperation to people wanting to cross over. Awareness activity is a continuous process and will continue.
A format to record movement of vehicles within the district at all check posts whether permanent or temporary has been circulated to Assam Rifles and police stations which keep strict vigil on any unauthorised movement.
There were two instances of the law enforcing agencies intercepting movement of people and vehicles in which all the accused persons were sent to government quarantine facility at Bijang as per standard operating procedures. One girl namely Chingsuandim crossed over from Myanmar illegally and an FIR was registered against her for crossing over and her family members for abetting. One Shaktiman had crossed over to Myanmar to smuggle fuel barrels into India. The vehicle was seized and three persons were arrested.
Apart from senior civil and police officials visiting the border villages to ensure strict vigil against cross border movement, one company of IRB has been deployed starting Wednesday and they would be strengthening the efforts of district police and Assam Rifles to close gaps by indulging in regular patrolling activities. SDPO Churachandpur Bijoy Kumar has also been stationed at Behiang PS to monitor and supervise all activities along the border, in coordination with Assam Rifles.
There are also reports of some people trying to cross over from Khaukual village in Sangaikot sub-division, for which police teams have been deployed and villagers around have been made aware. The actions are being coordinated with Assam Rifles deployed in the sub-division, the statement said.


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