Angry 'Khin Nyunt' Ordered Sealing of Border
It was General Khin Nyunt, believed to be the present Burmese strong man, himself who issued orders to seal off the border passes, after a hitherto unknown student group raided and held the Burmese Embassy in Bangkok on Friday, reported S.N.A, S.H.A.N's source in Tachilek, opposite Chiangrai of Thailand.
Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt, who was on his inspection trip to the Golden Triangle casino-resort construction site in Mongphong, Tachilek District, flew into a rage after hearing reports about the daring raid made by a handful of Burmese students in Bangkok, said S.N.A. " He was reported to have told the local authorities to close the passage between Shan State's Tachilek and Thailand's Maesai without delay and to keep it closed until they received further instructions from Rangoon".
Orders were promptly relayed to the local populace who were forbidden from crossing the border for any reason. "Those caught in the act of crossing are to be shot on the spot and those discovered later to have violated their order are to be arrested, according to the order", said S.N.A.
Of the two infantry battalions in Tachilek, IB 331, assisted by local militia, was reported to be responsible for the town's security. The other IB 526, was reported to be holding positions on the hilltops along the border, according to the source, a citizen of Maesai who returned from Tachilek.
"As usual, the local people are being held responsible for feeding and accommodating the soldiers and the militia", added S.N.A. "They have to collect money even to buy cheroots and soap".