We’re monitoring the situation: Manipur Dy. CM

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MYANMARIMPHAL, August 29; The Manipur government has taken a serious view of the reports that some areas of the State have been occupied by Myanmar after its troops erected a border fence, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam Gangmei said on Wednesday.

Talking to journalists here, Mr. Gangmei, who holds the Home portfolio, said no Indian would be happy when some territories were lost to a neighbouring country. If there was any mistake in the erection of the border fence, steps would be taken to rectify it. The State government, he said, did not remain silent; it set up a high-power committee, which visited the border areas. As soon as the government received its report, a team of Ministers would visit the areas for an on-the-spot inquiry.

Mr. Gangmei said the government was sending reports of all the developments to the Centre. He was responding to the charge of some political parties that the Manipur and Union governments had conspired to give away the State’s land to Myanmar.

The committee, headed by Principal Secretary (Home) Suresh Babu, visited the border areas on Monday. Governor Ashwni Kumar visited the areas on Tuesday and promised the people that he would take up the matter with the Centre.

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