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Manipur govt. to curb illegal immigrants

By Our Correspondent Updated: May 23, 2018 11:36 pm

Our Correspondent

Imphal, May 23 (EMN): Manipur government has tightened up its belts to curb the inflow of illegal immigrants in the state following the arrest of eight Rohingya immigrants in Imphal.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh said necessary instructions has been given to the concerned enforcing agencies to prevent entry of illegal immigrants in the state.

“If our own people are helping the illegal immigrants to get settled in the state then the future of the indigenous people and the state would be at stake.” The landlords need to identify those tenants before renting the room, he added.

Singh expressed concerned about the functioning of state police units stationed at the border gates particularly at Moreh, Jiribam, Mao and such.

In fact the arrest of eight Rohingya immigrants, including five minors from a rented house during an operation in and around Hatta Golapati area in Imphal on Monday, surprised the chief minister on how such illegal immigrants entered the state capital despite having necessary check gates in almost all roads leading to Imphal. He said he had instructed DGP to install ‘special checkpost’ with gate at border areas such as Behiang, Moreh, Mao, Jiri, and such, so that they can check and curb the influx of illegal immigrants in the state.

“The government would continue drive against illegal immigrants in the state as it was a matter of state and nation’s security,” Singh added. After the installation of the BJP-led government last year, the authority here initiated massive drive against illegal immigrants besides busting gangs for issuing of fake Aadhaar cards to the illegal immigrants in the recent past.

On Tuesday, Singh had also informed that his government would table a bill in the state assembly to protect the indigenous people of the state. It may be mentioned that with Monday’s arrest, Manipur police has arrested around 20 Rohingya immigrants including a minor since March 22, mostly from Moreh and Jiribam town.

By Our Correspondent Updated: May 23, 2018 11:36:56 pm