After an ethnic Chin female teacher was recently shot dead allegedly by a member of a Meitei armed group, residents of Tedim Township in Myanmar’s Chin State carried out a huge rally on November 30, demanding that Manipuri armed groups must be removed from the state.
As per sources, around 500 protestors led by the Zomi Student and Youth Organization (ZYSO), along with 28 Zomi civil voluntary organisations demanded justice for Dim Lun Mang, 27, teacher at the Tuival Zaang village primary school in Tonzang. She was allegedly shot dead by one Binod on the midnight of November 17.
As per a report in The Irrawaddy, the protestors issued a joint statement calling on the government to no longer allow Meitei armed groups to operate in Chin State. The protest was focused on achieving peace in the region as well as preventing problems due to illegal armed groups, it said.
The protest was also aimed at advocating for the government to enforce Section 42 (b) of the 2008 Constitution, which says that no foreign troops are allowed to be deployed in Myanmar, it stated.
IMPHAL I NEW DELHI: India and Myanmar have agreed that a stable and peaceful border was an important anchor for the continued expansion of partnership between the countries. India also emphasized the need for Myanmar’s cooperation in ensuring that “insurgent groups do not find space to operate across the India-Myanmar border.”
The agreement was reportedly reached when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN-India Summit on Sunday. According to a statement released by PIB Delhi, the leaders expressed satisfaction at the progress of the vital partnership between the countries.
Modi emphasized the priority India gives to Myanmar as a partner at the crossroads of India’s Look East Policy and the “Neighbourhood First policies.” Towards this end, he emphasized India’s continuing commitment to improve physical connectivity to and through Myanmar to Southeast Asia, including through building road, port and other infrastructure.
During the meeting, Modi also said that India would continue to strongly support the expansion of capacity for Myanmar’s police, military and civil servants, as well as its students and citizens.
The two leaders agreed that people to people connectivity would help expand the base of the partnership, and therefore welcomed the expansion of air connectivity between the two countries, and the growing interest of India’s businesses in Myanmar, including the plans of the Government of India to host a business event for the CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) in Yangon at the end of November 2019.
Aung San Suu Kyi also appreciated India’s consistent and sustained support for the widening of democracy and deepening of development in Myanmar.
With regard to the situation in Rakhine, following the completion of the first Indian project to build 250 prefabricated houses which were handed over to the Myanmar Government this July, Modi expressed India’s readiness to carry out more socio-economic projects in this state. He emphasized that the speedy, safe and sustainable return from Bangladesh of displaced people to their homes in Rakhine State was in the interests of the region, the displaced persons, and all three neighbouring States – India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The two leaders agreed to maintain the tempo of high-level interactions in the year ahead, recognizing that strong ties across all pillars of cooperation were in the fundamental interests of both countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met Prime Minister of Thailand Gen (retd.) Prayut Chan-o-Cha and the President of Republic of Indonesia H.E. Joko Widodo in Bangkok, Sunday on the sidelines of ASEAN/EAS related meetings.
Three Myanmar national who had served their jail terms at Bihar Jail after being detained as illegal immigrants were on Saturday handed over to officials of Myanmar after following legal formalities.
The Myanmarese nationals are Mustafa Kamal, son of (Late) Abdul Hamid of Maungdaw, Rakhine State, Me. Salim, son of (Late) Md. Ayoub of Maungdaw, Rakhine State, and Abdul Rehma, son of U Maung Ko of Taung Dwin Gyi, Magway, Myanmar.
The handing over process of the Myanmar nationals was attended by SDPO/ immigration officer, L Meghabarna, officer of Kishanganj police, Bihar, I Sunil Kumar Paswan, and ASI Awadesh Ram of Purnea PS, Bihar.
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