Myanmar soldiers ‘intrude on Indian territory’


Indian security personal on guard duty at the Mao gate at the Nagaland-Manipur state border about 30 kms from Kohima, capital of Nagaland state, northeast India, May 7, 2010. Photo: EPA

Indian security personal on guard duty at the Mao gate at the Nagaland-Manipur state border about 30 kms from Kohima, capital of Nagaland state, northeast India, May 7, 2010. Photo: EPA

Myanmar soldiers are reported to have encroached on a three-square kilometre area in Ukhrul district of India’s Manipur State, 10 months after their troops occupied a portion of Indian territory along the Moreh sector of Chandel district, reports The Times of India on April 24.

Taking note of the latest 'incursion' reported by local villagers, chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh convened a meeting with top civil security officers, including the deputy commissioner of Ukhrul, the newspaper reports.

Manipur shares a 390-kilometre porous border with Myanmar. Three of its districts — Chandel, Ukhrul and Churachandpur — share a border with Myanmar. Indian Central forces, mostly Assam Rifles, guard the border areas.

Myanmar troops, including officers accompanied by police, last week intruded into Ukhrul's Choro Khunou village that lies between border pillar No 6 and 95, according to villagers. The soldiers reportedly claimed the area belongs to Myanmar and seized a saw mill and some other structures there, the villagers said. 

The newspaper said the troops allegedly warned the villagers to refrain from building houses in the occupied area.

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