MDA pushes for more police stations in TPL
IMPHAL, 26th Apr: The Manipur Democratic Alliance (MDA), an alliance of political parties of the state including the ruling BJP, has decided to pressurise chief minister N Biren Singh for opening three new police stations and two outposts along 44km long India-Myanmar border in Tengnoupal district.
A team of MDA visited border villages in Tengnoupal district on Saturday and distributed food items to people affected by COVID-19 lockdown. The team also distributed paddy seeds and seeds of summer crops suitable to the villages. Detailing media persons about the visit during a press conference at its office on Sunday, MDA convener Tombi said rice, onion and salt were distributed to border villages in Tengnoupal district like Kwatha, Kwatha Khunou, Gobajang, Chalwa and Moreh in view of scarcity of food items that people in these remote areas faced due to lockdown currently imposed to prevent spread of COVID-19. Apart from these food items, the villagers were also provided paddy seeds and seeds of summer crops suitable to the soil of the area.
While informing media persons that MDA representatives who visited the border villages in Tengnoupal district detected certain loopholes in border management and security, Tombi doubted the role of Assam Rifles in guarding international border and asked if the central force is manning the border or checking people moving along the roads.
Claiming that many loopholes in border management have been detected when MDA representatives interacted with border villagers during Saturday’s visit, Tombi asked as to how the huge consignment of cigarette brought from Moreh and seized by Manipur police during COVID-19 lockdown crossed the permanent Assam Rifles post at Khudengthabi. He also asked if the Assam Rifles is sincerely executing its duties.
According to Tombi, the lone police station at Moreh is unable to keep an eye on the 44km long international border in Tengnoupal district as the said police station suffers manpower inadequacy. Though Manipur police enhanced security vigil along international border to prevent spread of COVID-19 from Myanmar, many people used to cross the border at porous jungle areas during night and it would be dangerous if anyone of them happen to contract the deadly virus and spread the virus in the state. In order to prevent cross-border movement, at least three police stations and two out-posts are required to man the border, he said and suggested that new full-fledged police stations can be opened at Kwatha Khunou (BP-81), Yangoupokpi (BP-73) and Tuiningphai (BP-87) and two out-posts at Bongbal Khullen and Govajang. This is for Tengnoupal district alone and other districts like Ukhrul, Chandel and Churachandpur too share 398km international border with Myanmar and hence more police stations are needed to man the border, he said adding that a memorandum in this regard will be submitted to Union home minister and external affairs minister.