Myanmar crisis cannot be taken lightly: Biren

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Saturday strongly cautioned against taking what is happening in the border areas lightly.

“We cannot take what is happening in Myanmar easily,” Biren said hinting at the influx of foreigners in Manipur.

He said efforts are underway in the areas of Kamjong and Ukhrul using biometrics under the concerned deputy commissioners. Security forces should also not neglect areas like Behiang which is bordering with Myanmar and should take it seriously considering reports of aggressive fighting in the neighbouring country, he added.

There have been reports that Kamjong, a border district in Manipur, witnessed more influx of Myanmarese in the last few days following the armed confrontations between ethnic rebel groups and the Myanmar military Junta remain unabated.

According to Kamjong district administration, over 2060 Myanmarese have crossed the border recently and are taking refuge in Manipur after an intense gunfight in Myanmar.

The police said the influx of Myanmarese at Phaikoh has increased from 500 to 1448, and from 431 to 1040 at Kheronram.

They also said that 1129 Myanmar nationals arrived at Kasom block in the past few days.

Altogether 4052 Myanmarese refugees are taking shelter at the relief camps set up at Namlee, Wanglee, Kaka, Kheronram and Phaikoh village of Kamjong district currently.

Biren expressed the need to open proper camps with biometric and civil police teams in different border areas. He said, “We cannot deny humanitarian assistance to those fleeing their country due to the violence and we are providing medicines and tents for them, but we need to identify them by collecting biometric data and provide temporary shelter. We are only asking them not to construct villages in the state.”

The chief minister also applauded and appreciated all security forces, police in the state for their effort in tackling the present situation and in bringing back peace in the state. Sometimes, misunderstandings creep up, but through joint efforts of all security forces, state police and with support of the people, the situation has improved, he said.

The chief minister was speaking at the observance of Vijay Diwas (Indo-Pak War 1971) held at the 1st Manipur Rifles Banquet Hall.

He said it is the responsibility of every Indian to strengthen Bharat and that there can be no compromise in making One India, Strong India.

It is a memorable and significant war for India’s military history, the chief minister said sharing a brief history of the war, he added.

As part of India’s Foreign Policy, it is very important to maintain a good diplomatic relation with the neighbouring countries, Biren said.

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