India designates two immigration check posts along Myanmar, Bangladesh borders

 

Days after the Indian Army inflicted heavy casualties on Naga insurgents of NSCN (Khaplang) group in an encounter along India-Myanmar border, India on Sunday opened two immigration check posts along the border of its two eastern neighbors, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Depicting an attempt to grow closeness with the two countries, the Home Ministry in a gazette notification, stated that the government has marked Zorinpuri land check in Lawngtlai district of Mizoram as an authorized immigration check post. This means, people travelling to and from India with valid travel documents, can enter into or exit from the designated check post.

In another notification, the Home Ministry stated that the government has also designated Kawrpuichhuah land check post in Lunglei district of Mizorm for legal immigration to or from India, with valid documents, for passengers from or to Bangladesh.

Being 287 km away from the Sittwe Port in Myanmar, Zorinpuri was selected to facilitate multi-modal project with a new custom station along the border of India and Myanmar. A similar agreement on the land was included in the joint statement released while former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Myanmar in May, 2012.

In his first bilateral visit to Myanmar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier on September 5 this year, visited the country for two days, amid escalated chaos over the Rohingya Muslims who immigrated to seek shelter in India.

The long 1643 km Indo-Myanmar border touches parts of India including Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. The 4096 km long India-Bangladesh border touches Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and parts of West Bengal.

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