Monday, January 30, 2023

Manipur CM talks tough on illegal immigration

Correspondent

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Sunday expressed serious concern when over 650 illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar were arrested in the state in the last few days.
Manipur police have been conducting a special drive to detect illegal migrants and Inner Line Permit (ILP) violators across the state in the last few days.
The government was very concerned about the influx of illegal immigrants into the state and the threats posed to the indigenous population by such activities, Singh told reporters at a press conference held at chief minister secretariat today evening.
“The state government is serious about this issue and is leaving no stone unturned to completely root out this menace,” he said.
The chief minister also sought full support and cooperation of the people in identifying and informing the police or district administration of illegal immigrants staying illegally in the state by violating the Inner Line Permit System.
Singh said, “The issue has today reach an alarming stage . Today, there is a threat looming large in our society and we are seeking cooperation and support from the people.”
He said that the Population Commission will be set up at the earliest and a house to house survey will be conducted soon.
He appealed to all against renting out rooms or selling land to illegal foreigners, immigrants.
“Legal action could be taken against any house owner found renting out or housing illegal foreigners,” he cautioned.
The chief minister informed that the state government has also already announced 1961 as the base year for the ILP Act and will soon launch its mechanism to trace foreigners including face recognition cameras, apps to regulate entry and exit.
He said that in the drive against illegal migrants and ILP violators, the police have arrested around 650 illegal migrants who entered the state violating the ILP regime.
They have been booked accordingly and some of them have been deported upto Dimapur (Nagaland).
“The main worry is that most of these violators are from Bangladesh with some from Myanmar,” Singh added.
The government alone will never be able to deal with the menace of the influx of illegal migrants without the support of the general public.
Singh also said that the success witnessed in the government’s ‘War on Drugs’ and ‘campaign against poppy plantation’ was because of the support and cooperation of the public.
Likewise, the government needed the support and cooperation of the people to deal with the menace of illegal migrants effectively.
Singh said the indigenous people of Manipur have small populations and highlighted the apprehension that it wouldn’t be long before the illegal immigrants/ migrants, foreigners outnumber the indigenous population.
He claimed that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre extended the ILP regime in the state, understanding the gravity of the situation.
“However, due to certain doubts, dishonesty amongst ourselves, we are facing various hindrances in identifying these illegal foreigners,” the chief minister said, citing the story of an illegal migrant recently arrested by the police.
He said an individual entered India from Bangladesh through Malda district of West Bengal and into Manipur in 1990 without any valid papers, according to his own admission to the police after his arrest on October 7 last from Khabeishoi of Imphal East by the police.
Narrating how the foreigner acquired a driving license and Aadhar card from the state, Singh said all the said documents have been seized and a case lodged.
“However, the main concern is how many illegal foreigners must have already infiltrated into our communities,” he said, adding that the man who entered the state in 1990 was arrested only in 2022.
State works minister Govindas Konthoujam, CAF&PD minister L Susindro Meitei, education minister Th Basanta Kumar Singh, transport minister Kashim Vashum, DGP P Doungel and other senior police officers also attended the press conference.

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