Manipur: ‘Illegal immigrants’ detected to be deported instantly



Newmai News Network
Imphal | July 31


The State Government of Manipur will start assessing various aspects to address ‘illegal immigrants’ in Manipur. Checking of electoral rolls and identifying the number of ‘migrants’ in Manipur are some of the measures the Biren Singh Government has planned to do.


Chief Minister N Biren Singh said today that once any illegal immigrant is detected, that individual will be deported “instantly”.


According to N. Biren Singh, his government is “taking serious concern on the issue of the illegal migrants and would assess and discuss carefully” the issue in the State. This was stated today during the ongoing Budget Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly.


Replying to the question raised by MLA R.K. Imo on the steps taken up by the Government to check the influx of ‘illegal migrants’ in the State and the recent agitation by student organizations, the Chief Minister said that the government would look into the provisions given under the Constitution to check the influx of ‘illegal migrants’ in the State. He assured that the government would identify the number of migrants living in the State, would check the electoral rolls and spot verification would be done on the issue. “If illegal migrants are detected during the verification process, he/she will be deported instantly,” he added. Biren Singh then appealed the student organizations to call off the current agitation regarding reservation of seats at eight Assembly Constituencies for indigenous people of the State.


This stand of the State Government of Manipur came even as students take their ire to the streets of Imphal demanding that a bill should be passed in the assembly regarding the constitutional protection and seat reservation for indigenous people. This group also demands that non-local should be barred from contesting elections in Manipur. The movement is being spearheaded by Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA).


This is the second time in the ongoing assembly session that the Biren Singh government has said “it is taking seriously on the influx of illegal immigrants” into Manipur. Earlier on July 28, the Chief Minister had assured the house to address the issue urgently. Biren had also said on the day that his government considered the issue of Inner Line Permit (ILP) seriously.


He said Foreigner Check Posts have been opened at Imphal International Airport, Jiribam and Mao and an Immigration Check Post has been opened at Moreh. Biren also informed the assembly that the government planned to open a check post in Churachandpur too.