DIMAPUR, April 2 - Expressing dismay over a survey team of India and Myanmar which is in Pangsha to conduct joint survey work as per the existing imaginary line between BP145 and BP146 along the Indo-Myanmar border at ITC Dan, citizens of Pangsha range in Nagaland�s Tuensang district have objected to the proposed joint survey work. They claimed that the existing imaginary line has bifurcated the land of the Khiamniungan Naga tribe without their knowledge.
A joint representation to the Nagaland Chief Minister by the village councils of New Pangsha, Old Pangsha, ITC Dan and Wonsoi villages stated that the �BP146 (border post) was installed erroneously within our land where 3,500 acres of cultivable land has been compromised to the foreign country for no wrong of the land owners.�
The Pangsha range residents demanded that the BP146 be immediately removed and the existing boundary be realigned as per the traditional boundary of Pangsha (India) and Kingphu/Woilan, Ponyu (Myanmar) village.
The representation also appealed to the Government of India to withdraw the survey teams of both the countries from the spot and that no activities of any form by the concerned governments should be taken until and unless necessary rectifications are made.
It also urged the authority concerned to take up this issue on a war footing in order to �maintain a conducive and peaceful atmosphere between the two nations in the border area.�
On March 28, the Nagaland Legislative Assembly during the just-concluded Budget session had resolved to request the Government of India to impress upon the Myanmar Government to permanently drop the project of construction of fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border with a view to continuing the cordial and brotherly relations amongst the Nagas living on both sides of the border.
Since the beginning of 2017, various organisations across Nagaland and Myanmar have been protesting against the fencing along the India-Myanmar border in Nagaland�s Tuensang district after the Myanmar Government began erecting fencing in the Naga self-administered zone - 10 metres from the demarcation border on last December.
The construction of the border fencing was put on hold following objections by different Naga organisations and leaders.