Illegal immigrant vetting begins in earnest

IMPHAL | May 24 (IFP): Manipur police today sent back 45 illegal immigrants, while allegedly trying to enter the state without valid identification proof and arrested three immigrants from different check posts at Indo-Myanmar border.

Police reportedly sent back 38 immigrants from Mao check post and 7 from Jiribam while trying to enter into the state without valid documents.

Moreh police has also arrested three immigrants from the Indo-Myanmar border town, Moreh, today.

Security measures at the state borders have been beefed up considerably a day after chief minister, N. Biren Singh, issued a strong directive to police not to allow entry of illegal immigrants into the state.

If any illegal immigrants are detected under the jurisdiction of certain police station, then all the officers concerned of the police station will face stringent action for giving passage to illegal immigrants, Biren cautioned.

The chief minister issued the directive following a series of arrest of illegal immigrants including Rohingiyas from the state particularly from Imphal.

Subsequently, the Manipur police, as per the order of the director general of police, L.M. Khaute, established drop gates in front of Mao Police station bordering Nagaland, Jiribam Police station bordering Assam, Moirang Police station along National Highways 150 and Kundong Lairembi at the border town, Moreh.

The drop gates, established in the border areas would be manned by the police round the clock for effective checking of movement of militants, anti-social elements particularly illegal immigrants, said inspector general of police, L. Kailun.

The concerned officers-in-charge of the four police stations under the direct supervisions of the concerned sub-divisional police officers, shall be responsible for ensuring that all suspected persons, vehicles, baggage are thoroughly checked and verified to ensure that no illegal migrants, anti-social elements, militants and contraband items are allowed to enter or move freely within the state.

Co-convenor, Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS), Y. Dhiren hailed the state government for taking note of the voice of the people and taking up appropriate measures to stop influx of illegal immigrants, without proper documents in the state.

Dhiren expressed his confidence that the government would pass the ILP bill in the upcoming assembly session, as assured.

Biren assured to table a bill to protect the indigenous people of Manipur in the next Assembly session. He had also appealed the landlords to properly check the identity of non-locals before renting rooms to them.

He had said nearly 100 illegal immigrants had been identified and 36 of them jailed. He said his government had initiated a massive drive against illegal immigrants and taken up several measures to check influx. (IFP)

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