After row with Myanmar, India wants joint group to mark border

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 29 2013, 03:27am hrs
A border dispute has erupted between India and Myanmar after the latter tried to create a new defence post near Moreh in Manipur. New Delhi has asked Naypyidaw to set up a joint working group to address the demarcation of the boundary that extends to over 1,600 km.

The Myanmarese tried to erect the post near pillar number 76 on the border in a bid to ward off Indian farmers who were allegedly trying to harvest land claimed by Myanmar.

As the post was coming up, the Indian side conveyed that construction should be stopped and suggested that it would construct a border fence to address the problem of farmers trying to cross over. The Myanmarese side agreed to this.

Home ministry officials refuted reports of incursion into, or construction on, Indian territory, and said the fence had been erected on the Indian side four days back.

This, however, had triggered protests in the area, the sources said. Some 35-40 families have been affected by the 10-km fence.

Both sides have agreed to send survey officials to the spot. Senior Manipur and Assam Rifles officers are trying to pacify the locals.

The MEA has asked Myanmar to set up a Joint Border Working Group (JBWG) to address the longstanding border demarcation issue, spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said Wednesday. He said this was conveyed through Indias Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhyay.