Illegal influx issue in Manipur at alarming stage: Biren

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Imphal: The issue of influx of illegal migrants in Manipur has reached at an alarming stage,  chief minister N. Biren Singh said on Sunday and sought full public cooperation in identifying illegal immigrants who are staying illegally in the state by violating the Inner Line Permit system.

The chief minister was addressing reporters at his secretariat, here.

“Today there is a threat looming large on our society, and we are seeking cooperation and support of the people,” he said and called on the public to inform the police or district administration against any illegal immigrant.

Biren said that with the setting up of the Population Commission in the state at the earliest, a house to house survey will be conducted soon and 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.”

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The government has also already announced 1961 as base year for the ILP Act, he added.

It will soon launch its mechanism to trace foreigners including face recognition cameras, apps to regulate entry and exit, Biren said, adding that an operation was launched to identify individuals who have entered the state and remained untraceable for certain period of time.

“Till yesterday (Saturday), in the operation against ILP defaulters, the government has identified and arrested around 613 illegal violators and they have been booked accordingly, of which some have been deported,” he said. “The main worry is that most of these violators are from Bangladesh with some from Myanmar.”

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Stating that the government alone can never succeed without the support of the general public, the chief minister said the success witness in the government’s ‘War on Drugs’ and ‘campaign against poppy plantation’ is because of the support and cooperation of the public.

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. Understanding the gravity of the situation, the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the State the Inner Line Permit system, he added.

​”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 individual who entered India from Bangladesh through Malda district of West Bengal and into Manipur in 1990 without any valid papers, according to the man’s own admission to the police after his arrest on October 7, 2022 from Khabeishoi by a team of Lamlai Police.

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​The man is said to have acquired driving license and Aadhar card from the state. All the said documents have been seized and an a case lodged, he added.

​”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 this year.

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