Burma Border Fencing Project Raises Concerns in India

Indian civil society groups and opposition parties are calling for the suspension of ongoing India-Burma border fencing work,which they say will carve out of a large area of Indian land for Burma, Indian media report.

The 10-km fencing exercise is intended to curb drug smuggling and cross-border movement, the Times of India reported Wednesday, but civil society groups say 14 villages in India’s Manipur State will likely fall into Burma as a result of the project. To respond to the public criticism, the Manipur State cabinet has set up a committee to review the fencing exercise, the newspaper reported.

 

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