Manipur Chief Minister wants joint operation with Myanmar


Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh. Photo: EPA

Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Saturday urged Union home minister Rajnath Singh for joint India-Myanmar operations to tackle camps of militant outfits located in Myanmar the Times of India reported on 12 July.

Presenting his strategy on counter-insurgency operations in the state, the worst-hit among the north-eastern states at present, the Manipur chief minister said the Ministry of Home Affairsshould find a solution to the problem of Indian sim cards being functional in Myanmar and used by insurgent groups in extortion and threats to people residing in Manipur.

He also asked for procurement and instalment of vehicle scanners on the national highway towards Moreh to prevent smuggling of weapons and explosives and setting up a digitized operation room with state-of-the-art equipment and software in all the north-eastern states.

Manipur shares a 352-km unfenced border with Myanmar. Okran said the border was still a serious concern for internal security in terms of smuggling of arms and ammunition and contraband narcotics substances and infiltration of militant groups.

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