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No pillar shifted, India-Myanmar border untouched: Manipur CM

Press Trust of India  |  Imphal 

Amid tension brewing in the state over alleged shifting of a border pillar in Manipur's district, N Singh today said the India-international boundary has remained "untouched and unaffected" since its construction in 1970.

At a press meet this morning, the CM said the border, separating from Myanmar, was constructed based on an agreement signed between the two countries in 1967.

"The government, in view of public apprehension, has written to the Centre to conduct a field visit on July 18 to check if pillar no. 81 at Kwatha Khunou in district stands at the 'actual spot' as per the 1967 agreement in order to convince the stakeholders," he said.

Last month, Deputy Tombikanta, after visiting the border area, claimed that pillar 81 had been shifted 3 km inside the Indian territory. His claim found favour with local people, several social bodies as well as political parties.

The Congress asked the Centre and the on Sunday to clarify their stance on the issue.

The Ministry of External Affairs, taking note of the allegations, had issued a press release on July 8, claiming that the allegation was "baseless and unsubstantiated".

During a recent visit to the site, Revenue Minister also said some sections of "political rivals" were portraying a wrong picture.

The CM, during the press meet, said he would lead a delegation to the national capital tomorrow to discuss the matter with the central government authorities.

"The formed a high-level committee on June 25 to investigate into the allegations raised by the locals of Kwatha Khunou. It found out that the claims made by them were untrue," he said.

had raised the matter on June 22 following a central government survey, earlier this year, to weigh the possibilities of constructing subsidiary columns between border pillars 80 and 82.

He had claimed that the central officials had instructed him to sign documents related with the border pillars, but he refused to abide by their orders.

Asserting that border disputes exist in almost every states, today said the issue was being "blown out of proportion" to target the BJP government.

"Any matter regarding the territory is a sensitive issue in the tiny state and no parties should gain political mileage out of it," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 16:35 IST
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