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Statement of the All Burma Students' Democratic Front (Western-Burma)
regarding the arson of Namphalong market complex
We, the Burmese students are officially taking shelter in India, as
refugees since after military coup in September 1988.
Now the Slorc and its followers are distributing rumour at
Indo-Burma border that the Burmese students had involved
in the incident of burning down the Namphalong market
complex at the night of October 11, 1997. First of all
we would like to explain that we absolutely did not involve in this
It is just defaming the Burmese students by the Slorc to
create the misunderstanding between Burmese students and people
who are residing at Indo-Burma border. All the people of Burma
including even the Slorc know very well that the Burmese students
are not the destructive elements and always thinking and working
for the benefit of the people.
We strongly believe that such kind of instability at the border area is
due to the self-centeredness and eagerness for getting upper hand
of the Burmese military junta. The similar incident will be happened
in future also, unless the Slorc considers for bilateral effectiveness.
It is a deeply ingrained habit of the Slorc that they will
complain to authority of neighboring countries, as the instabilities
of the border area is due to the presence of anti-Slorc elements
at there. The Slorc might ask to authorities of India in coming nearest
flag meeting not to allow the democratic forces of Burma to stay in
border area and all instabilities there are created by them.
According to the reliable source from Burma, we came to
know that the Burmese Military Intelligence Service had sent
at least 20 well trained intelligence inside the territory of India
since early 1997 to create problems between Burmese democratic
elements and both the people and government of India. Moreover
their intention is to destroy the unity of democratic forces of Burma
The military regime of Burma is always unpleasant with the presence
of anti-Slorc forces at the border area; those often took place the
anti-Slorc measures there. They always complain to the authorities
of India in every flag meeting not to allow the Burmese students
living at the border area like Moreh.
We notice that it is good chance for the Slorc to create
misunderstanding between Burmese students and government
of India by accusing us as the culprits of arson of Namphalong
market complex and instability at the border area.
We strongly hope that the people and government of a biggest
democratic country like India will not accept the unreasonable
accusation and complaint of the universal liar like Slorc.
Regional Working Group
Flag meet at Moreh cancelled
Moreh, Oct 15: There was a meeting between
authorities of India and Myanmar at Tamu today to
discuss the situation arising out of burning of Market
Complex of Myanmar's Namphalong.
The meeting as held at the local office of the
State Law and Order Restoration Council, SLORC
from 11 AM to 1 PM.
The Indian delegation was led by Deputy Commissioner
of Chandel, S. Budhachandra Singh and SP Manglemjao
Singh while Myanmarese team was led by Tamu district
SLORC chairman, Lt. Col. Soe Tint.
In the meeting the Myanmarese delegation alleged that
the arson and firing were carried out by 20 to 30 persons
and eight of the culprits were Tamils.
They also said three persons sustained bullet injuries in
the incident. One junior immigration official and one
Municipal staff, who sustained injuries, had now been fully
recovered. The other injured, a shopkeeper whose
condition had deteriorated had been shifted to Mandalay
for further treatment, they said.
The district Slorc chairman visited Namphalong super
Market in the morning to assess the damage. According
to the Myanmarese delegation goods worth about
Rs. 2 crores were destroyed in the fire.. The fire also
reduced 365 stalls to ashes.
Later in the day the deputy commissioner Chandel held
a meeting with police, Army, BSF (Border Security Force)
and CRPF ( Central Reserve Police Force) officials to review
the situation in Moreh.
Meanwhile, the proposed flag meeting between India and
Myanmarese authorities scheduled for tomorrow to discuss
the situation following the burning of Myanmarese market
Complex at Namphalong has been cancelled, adds our staff
reporter in Imphal.
The deputy commissioner of Chandel, S. Budhachandra Singh said
representatives of State Law and Order Restoration Council,
Slorc (Burmese military junta) who came from Saggaing division
of the country had returned back from Tamu, the venue of the
According to the police, there was no report of any untoward
incident at Moreh and nearby border area during the past
48 hours. However, the security forces and the police are
fully on alert. The incident had severely affected the border
Business community at Moreh has appealed to the Myanmarese
authorities to open the border as usual to allow free
movement of traders. Myanmar had sealed the border
completely following the incident.
Imphal Free Press, Manipur
Moreh JAC to observe bandh today, relaxation for vehicles
Moreh, Oct 16: The Joint Action Committee
of Moreh town will observe a peaceful Moreh bandh
tomorrow in protest against the death of C Karuppaia,
who was found shot dead at Moreh on October 12 morning.
The bandh will begin at 5 am and will end 5 PM.
Essential service, buses and other vehicles will be
exempted from the bandh, JAC said.
The JAC is demanding Rs. 10,000 as ex-gratia the
death of Karuppaia and the two missing Meiteis (Manipuri).
Representatives of the JAC and district officials led by
DC S. Budhachandra Singh held a meeting here this morning.
In the meeting the JAC strongly protested the charge that
the deceased Tamil and other Tamils were involved in the
burning of Manphalonf market shed.
The Myanmese authority is understood to have told authorities
at Moreh that identity of an India nationals who were involved
in the arson had been established. They also charged that the
deceased was involved in the incident.
President of Tamil Sangam, Moreh, K. Monoharan strongly
denied involvement of Tamils in the Namphalong incident.
He also said the Tamil boy who was found dead was a habitual
drunkard and also mentally unsound.
He also described the report that six persons were
killed in the Namphalong incident as baseless.
The president said at Moreh wanted to have good relationship
He also said following he closure of the border lobourers
and small-traders here were on the verge of starvation as
prices had soared beyond common men's means.
For instance the price of rice has gone up to Rs. 28 per Choi.
Before the incident it was only Rs. 20. There is also
scarcity of chicken, fish and mutton.
Source said Myanmarese authorities told its India
counterpart that the market shed would soon be
constructed and sought the cooperation of the
later. They also said the border would be sealed
for one month.
A JAC member and a representative of the Hill Tribal
Council said the dead body was abandoned at Canan Veng.
He however, did not say anything about the charge that
Kukis were involved in the incident
Imphal Free Press, Manipur