Centre begins survey to fence Myanmar

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Aug 03: The Union MoHA has initiated a survey to fence the border with Myanmar and for this, discussions with the neighbouring country have been held. India and Myanmar share 1,643-km of border. A large portion of the border is in Manipur, a highly placed source in central Govt told this daily.

Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram share an international boundary with Myanmar. Arunachal Pradesh shares a 520-km border, Eastern Manipur’s five districts share a 400-km border with Myanmar while Nagaland shares a 215-km border with that country. Less than 10% of the international border with Myanmar is fenced, leaving it wide open as a transit route for drug trafficking to northeast India from “Golden Triangle”, the tri-junction of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand borders, world’s second-largest producer of opium in the world after Afghanistan, producing some 25% of the world’s opium.

One after drug peddlers with heroin is arrested from either Changlang or Triap districts, located along Myanmar border, as they procure drug or get it through some network having link with Myanmar.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based on a Manipun opium survey-2022 has warned that opium production in Myanmar may rise again if the economic crunch brought on by COVID-19 and the country’s February 1 military coup persists, with significant public health and security consequences for much of Asia.

Thus, fencing of Indo-Myanmar border would be huge relief for all North East states and get rid of narco terrorism, a top police officer on condition of anonymity said.

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