The Myanmarese government on Tuesday sealed the international border, affecting bilateral trade. No Indian has been allowed to cross the border at international gate numbers I and II from 8 a.m.
There was a rally by Myanmarese at Namphalong and nearby areas on the Myanmar side on Tuesday morning. They shouted slogans demanding that India honour the international boundary.
With the sealing of the border, legalised border trade came to a halt. The traditional border trade was legalised in 1995. Foreign goods worth over Rs. 1 crore are brought every day to Manipur.
Manipur Home Minister Gaikhangam Gangmei had asked the Assam Rifles, manning the Manipur-Myanmar border, to be vigilant.
Following complaints from political parties in Manipur, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had asked the Border Roads Organisation to suspend the construction work on border fence. India has been saying the border dispute will be resolved at the diplomatic level. However, there was no response from Yangon.