Singh stated in X, “PKH Singh, Additional Director General Border Roads (East) called on me at my residential office today. Had a fruitful discussion on the progress of development and roadways construction in the state for an improved connectivity and overall growth in various sectors. Also, pleased to learn about the progress of the ongoing fencing activity at the border areas to protect the state from various forms of external threats”.
In September this year Singh held a meeting with senior officials of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to erect border fencing along the India-Myanmar border in the state.
After the meeting, the Chief Minister said that discussions were held to construct an additional 70 km of border fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border.” In view of the rise in illegal immigration and drugs smuggling from the neighbouring country, safeguarding our porous borders has become an urgent necessity,” Biren Singh had said on X.
Currently works are going on to erect fencing on the 100 km of India-Myanmar border in Manipur, which shares around 400 km border with the neighbouring country.
Singh had earlier requested the Union Home ministry to cancel the free movement regime (FMR) with Myanmar. Singh had said, “Our government has requested the Union Home Ministry to cancel the free movement regime. Security forces have not properly guarded the border, they should be deployed at zero point, they were found guarding the border 14-15 km inside Indian territory.”FMR allows people residing on both sides of India-Myanmar border to venture 16 km deep into each other’s territory without any document.Centre has extended the time frame of capturing biographic and biometric details of illegal migrants in Manipur to March next year.
The Manipur government has sought extension and has sought more time to complete the exercise. The process of capturing the biometric details of illegal Myanmar immigrants started in Manipur on July 29.
Manipur has been caught in an ethnic strife since May 3. The government has blamed illegal migrants from Myanmar for the developments in the state.
The Manipur government had formed a cabinet sub-committee for the identification of illegal immigrants. It has found that as many as 2,187 illegal immigrants had taken shelter in Manipur after the military Junta took power in Myanmar. The state government has planned to build shelter homes to house such Myanmar nationals.
Around 35,000 people from Myanmar have taken refuge in Mizoram since the military coup in February 2021. Another 1,000 people from the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh had also come to Mizoram. Mizoram is facing a fresh influx of refugees following the escalating gun battle between the Army and the People’s Defence Force (PDF). Over 5000 refugees have entered Mizoram recently.
Around 29 Myanmar soldiers, who had fled to Mizoram’s Champhai district, after their camp at Tuibual in Chin state was captured by the civilian armed forces, were repatriated on Sunday.
A total of 74 Myanmar military personnel had fled to Mizoram since Monday last. On November 14, around 39 of them were sent back to Myanmar.