Union Cabinet approved an agreement
between India and Myanmar on land border crossing which the government
said would enhance economic interaction between people of the
two countries There are already free movement rights for people
ordinarily residing in the border areas of both countries.
The agreement will also facilitate
movement of people on the basis of valid passports and visas which
will enhance economic and social interaction between the two countries,
a statement said. It is expected to provide connectivity and enhance
interaction of the people from north-eastern states of India with
those of Myanmar. The agreement will safeguard the traditional
rights of the largely tribal communities residing along the border
which are accustomed to free movement across the land border,
the statement read.
The Union Government has asked the four states
that share unfenced border with Myanmar to distribute "border
pass" to all the residents living within 16 km from the boundary
line. It has also asked the governments of Arunachal Pradesh,
Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram to enroll the border residents under
Aadhaar (unique identity card) on war footing
An Individual identified as Jitua Tongchongya
was seriously injured in a landmine blast near Mizoram-Myanmar
border pillar number two.
An unidentified man was wounded in an IED explosion
in an unspecified location in south Mizoram along the Indo-Myanmar
UMHA is considering creating a 29-battalion India-Myanmar
Border Force from AR and ITBP to curtail smuggling, gun running
and insurgent activities. The new force will patrol right up to
the border. Currently, the 46-battalion strong AR guards the border
but patrols up to 500 meters from the so-called zero line, which
leaves the border partly porous. AR will be paired with 4 battalions
from ITBP to form the new force, with ITBP in charge. This will
result in ITBP not only patroling the 3,488-km LAC with China
but also the border with Myanmar.
An Indian national Jitua Tongchongya who was
severely injured by a landmine along Indo-Myanmar border on January
SP of Police Lawngtlai stated that over 1,400
Myanmarese nationals who took refuge in Mizoram's Lawngtlai district
following clash between Arakan militants and the Army in November
2017 have refused to return to Myanmar.
The refugees were mainly from the border villages
of Varang, Paletwa, Pakangwa and Mulaw in Myanmar's Chin state.
On December 2017, authorities had stated that registration of
1,600 Myanmarese nationals have been undertaken to ascertain the
number of refugees in Lawngtlai.
AR BDS team has been deployed along Myanmar border
after two landmine fatalities along the border area in January.
Mizoram Government has started to repatriate over
32,000 Bru people from six relief camps in neighboring Tripura
from the first week of March 2018. GoI has released INR 79 million
as the first installment for the repatriation expenditure; while
the State Government estimated that over INR 123 million would
be required for the purpose. An inspection team of officials of
UMHA and State officials would visit the relief camps in February
to identify the Brus, who are willing to return to Mizoram, and
those who are not. Brus of Mizoram fled to North Tripura due of
communal tension triggered by the murder of a forest official
by Bru militants on October 21, 1997.
Peace talks between the Mizoram government and
H. Zosangbera faction of HPC-D is likely to be resumed this month.
Mizoram Home Minister R. Lalzirliana said officials of the Home
department and other concerned departments including ministers
will meet on February 5 over the ongoing peace parleys to decide
and fix the date for next round of talks. The next round of peace
talks would be a political level talk, he stated