India-Myanmar border trade hit

January 07, 2017 11:18 pm | Updated 11:18 pm IST - IMPHAL

: Border trade between India and Myanmar, legalised in 1995, has virtually come to a halt thanks to recurring blockades, general strike and other forms of disturbances.

Apart from highway robberies and rampant extortion by militant outfits, trade has fallen victim to unlawful activities. Shoppers and tourists are reluctant to visit the border towns of Moreh in Manipur and Namphalong in Myanmar as a flash strike can leave them stranded for days.

Traders and officials said if the situation does not improve, they may have to shift the trading centre elsewhere. Mizoram is likely to be the destination as there is no law and order problem there.

In 2015, there were 250 days of blockade, general strike and localised disturbances, severely affecting trade. The ongoing economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council since November 1 is no different, bringing trade almost to a standstill.

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