Eight suspected Rohingya apprehended, SPs given strict instructions to prevent illegal migrants

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 14, 2019: After the arrest of six Rohingya from Imphal Airport on Saturday Assam Rifles on Monday night apprehended eight suspected Rohingya Myanmar nationals from the Indo-Myanmar border town Moreh.

They were nabbed from a hotel at Moreh and handed to Moreh Police station.

The arrested individuals were identified as Yeminlet alias Md Zaid, 23, Aung Myo Htut alias Md Arafat,27, Arkar Naing alias Musaffar , 24, Zin Ko Leuin alias Abdul Qadim, 25, Nay Thu Rain Tun alias Md Nayar , 22, Aung Chaye alias Sheikh Ahamed, 28,Tinmyint alias Zubair, 25, and Aung Tun, 38.

Aung Tun was the person responsible for transporting the remaining individuals, said a source.

The eight migrants had reached Imphal airport in two batches on August 6 and 7 before heading to Moreh, the source added.

Chief minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday drew the attention of all concern and people over the existence of Rohingya and said all the communities of the state need to come together and discuss over the issue to save Manipuri from sinking into minority.

Meanwhile, director general of police (DGP) L.M. Khaute has instructed police superintendents of all the districts to constitute an ‘Anti-Illegal Migrants Special Unit’ for prevention/detection/prosecution of illegal migrants who often infiltrate into the state.

An order issued by the DGP in this regard said the regular inflow of illegal migrants into the state is a matter of serious concern. It informed that illegal migrants used different routes such as airways (Imphal airport) and land routes along National Highway-2 at Mao and Moreh, along National Highway -150 through Jessami and Mizoram border, Tiddim road through Behiang.

The order said the special units will be headed by additional superintendent of police or deputy superintendent of police consisting of minimum 15-20 police personnel in each unit.

Apart from carrying out routine checking on daily basis, the unit will be responsible for carrying out special drives at vulnerable/ suspected pockets/ places/ towns for detection of illegal migrants, it stated.

Besides, the units shall maintain data of all migrants previously arrested/ detained/ prosecuted/ pushed back and also data in respect of any illegal migrants arrested from time to time.

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