Civil society, ethnic communities to spearhead agitation

The United Committee Manipur (UCM) has demanded the summoning of a special session of the Assembly to pass a resolution on preserving the territorial integrity of the State. This demand has come in the wake of feared loss of large chunks of territory as a result of fence construction along the border with Myanmar.

UCM president Nabachandra Yumnam told reporters here on Wednesday that a coordination committee consisting of all civil society organisations and ethnic communities would be formed to spearhead the agitation as the State and Central governments were “soft-pedalling” the issue.

During spot visits, UCM activists had found that some boundary pillars were missing. As a result, he said, there was a dispute between the countries over territory.

Though the UCM and others have been demanding suspension of fence construction until a final agreement is reached, Border Roads Organisation personnel, under Assam Rifles supervision, are carrying on with the work. It had been announced that the border fence would affect 18 tribal villages in Manipur.