IMPHAL, April 23 - The Manipur Government has stepped up vigil in Churachandpur district along the Indo-Myanmar district to contain the possible spread of novel coronavirus, official sources said today. The international boundary stretches from Border Pillar No. 32 to No. 48, running a distance of 79.5 km. The terrain is rugged and mountainous, and the Samtui, Tuivel and Tuivai rivers form the natural border.
The District Information Officer (DIO) of Churachandpur said that patrolling has been intensified to check cross-border movement of people. Besides, awareness is being generated among the people residing on the border by the Churachandpur Police in coordination with the civil administration, Assam Rifles and other security agencies.
Regular patrolling activities are being conducted by personnel of the Behiang Police Station and the Singngat Police Station in coordination with the Assam Rifles, the DIO stated in a press release. One additional company of the IRB has been deployed since April 22, it added.
Meanwhile, the SDPO of Churachandpur has been camping at the Behiang Police Station to supervise all activities along the border, in coordination with the Assam Rifles.
Moreover, the police, civil officials and doctors are holding meetings to educate villagers on the measures taken to fight COVID-19 and the importance of sealing all entry and exit points on the border.
On April 16, Suhel Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary, accompanied by the DC of Churachandpur Pawan Yadav and SP Amrita Sinha visited Pakmual, a border village, to monitor enforcement of lockdown restrictions in the area.