Rajnath on NE visit: Meets BSF personnel in Tripura, sees functioning of security equipments

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Agartala, February 14: The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju began their two days North East visit on Friday. On the first day of their visit, both the ministers took a look at the India-Myanmar border in Manipur 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 ICP, which would facilitate all basic facilities, including banks, medical, immigration, customs and warehouse. He 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, news agency Morung Express reported.

About 32,000 Reang tribals, locally called "Bru", are staying in seven camps in northern Tripura since October 1997 after fleeing their villages in western Mizoram following ethnic troubles after the killing of a Mizo forest official.

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

Tripura government has been asking both Mizoram and the union home ministry to repatriate the tribal refugees to their homes in Mizoram. "Serious socio-economic and environmental problems have cropped up due to the long stay of the refugees in Tripura," the official added.                   

On the second day of his North East visit, Rajnath went to Tripura on Saturday and some Border Security Force posts along Bangladesh. He also met delegations from different sections of society at Imphal in Manipur.

Singh also visited the refugee camps in Kanchanpur in northern Tripura to persuade the refugees to go back to their villages in western Mizoram. Rajnath then head to border areas along Chittagong Hill tracts and met BSF personnel at Khantlang (North Tripura) where the jawan explained the functioning of monitoring equipments used at the BoPs.

Addressing the BSF jawans, Rajnath underlined the importance of their presence in border areas and saluted their courage.

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