Border trade resumes at Moreh as Myanmar opens gate

Imphal Oct 7 (IANS) Legal border trade between India and Myanmar resumed on Friday at Moreh in Manipur, after it was stopped on Monday in the wake of some violent incidents.

The international gate at the border was closed on Monday morning and the Myanmarese officials at Namphalong did not permit any Indian to enter the marketing complex there.

The step was taken as a precautionary measure as one person, hailing from Manipur, was shot and seriously injured in Namphalong on October 2, while on the same night, a powerful bomb exploded near Muslim Nagar in Manipur.

Myanmar protested against these acts and decided to seal the international border till the persons responsible for the attacks were arrested, official sources at Moreh told IANS.

Police at Moreh registered an FIR but no arrest has been made so far. There has also been no claim from any insurgent group.

From Friday morning, dozens of trucks, buses and private vehicles have been coming to Moreh from different parts of the northeast for a shopping binge.

Meanwhile, the legal border trade is likely to be shifted from Moreh to some other place in states like Nagaland or Mizoram, according to sources.

–IANS

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