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Home Minister Rajnath Singh visits Myanmar border, reviews Manipur situation

Agartala: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his deputy Kiren Rijiju visited the India-Myanmar border in Manipur on Friday, and discussed border trade with the officials."Rajnath Singh along with Kiren Rijiju (minister of state for

IANS IANS Updated on: February 14, 2015 10:13 IST
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Agartala: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his deputy Kiren Rijiju visited the India-Myanmar border in Manipur on Friday, and discussed border trade with the officials.

"Rajnath Singh along with Kiren Rijiju (minister of state for home affairs) and home ministry officials visited Moreh along the India-Myanmar border," a Manipur government official said.

"They supervised the under construction integrated check post(ICP) to boost the trade between India and Myanmar."

Singh asked the officials to step up construction work of the ICP, which would facilitate all basic facilities, including banks, medical, immigration, customs and warehouse.

"The home minister at a meeting with senior officials discussed about the possible increase of border trade between the two countries after completion of the work of ICP," the official added.

The home minister also met public leaders in the border town of Moreh, 170 km from Imphal, and interacted with them about their problems.

Manipur shares 398-km unfenced border with Myanmar.

Singh also reviewed the law and order situation in the militancy ravaged northeastern state. State Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, top officials of police, army and paramilitary forces were present at the meeting.

The home minister's visit holds special significance since there have been violent incidents and bomb blasts recently in different parts of Manipur, including Imphal, claiming many lives.

From Imphal, the home minister will visit Tripura on Saturday and some Border Security Force posts along Bangladesh.

"He will then meet (Tripura Chief Minister) Manik Sarkar and (Mizoram Chief Minister) Lal Thanhawla in Agartala to chalk out a plan to repatriate the tribal refugees to Mizoram," a Tripura government official said.

Singh may also visit the refugee camps in Kanchanpur in northern Tripura to persuade the refugees to go back to their villages in western Mizoram.

About 32,000 Reang tribals, locally called "Bru", are staying in seven camps in northern Tripura since October 1997.

Union Home Ministry's Joint Secretary Shambhu Singh held a meeting in New Delhi on January 30 with Tripura and Mizoram officials and discussed the repatriation of Mizoram's tribal refugees.

The Tripura government has been asking both Mizoram and the union home ministry to repatriate the tribal refugees to their homes in Mizoram.