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Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh hints at a crackdown on illegal immigrants

Manipur CM hints at campaign to track down illegal immigrants

N Biren Singh was addressing a press conference in Imphal (File)

Imphal:

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has indicated that his government is considering stronger measures to detect illegal immigrants in the state and initiate legal proceedings for their deportation.

This has been done in the backdrop of growing protests by various student organizations and other organizations demanding the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Manipur.

Government sources have not ruled out an NRC-type detection, removal and deportation of illegal immigrants, mostly from neighboring Myanmar.

“This is a positive sign of the concern of the indigenous people about the increasing infiltration of outsiders in the state. I think now the natives of Manipur have started to know the seriousness of the infiltration,” the chief minister told a press conference here. ” Imphal on Saturday.

The chief minister also highlighted that the Center has already extended the Inner Line Permit system (IIP) to the state in view of the potential threat to the native population posed by the increasing number of immigrants.

“There should be a mechanism for the movement of illegal immigrants across the international border,” Singh said.

Sources said the focus is now on the verification drive in five districts including Chandel, Churachandpur, Tengnoupal, Kamjong and Pherjawal to identify illegal immigrants.

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