On the first day of the search operations conducted in some sections of the three valley districts, as many as 43 foreign nationals including 24 persons said to be of Bangladesh origin were who illegally entered the State were detected and detained in the custody as per the Foreigners’ Act 1946.
Inspector General of Police(Law and Order-I) L Kailun of Manipur Police speaking to mediapersons said that they have detected and detained some of the illegal foreign nationals after their verification in search operations conducted in some valley areas today. “The search operations will continue,”he added.
The officer also added that they will take up necessary action as per the Foreigners’ Act. Out of the arrested 43, 19 of them are said to be from Myanmar and they were detected from Lilong area in Manipur’s Thoubal district while the rest were apprehended from Hatta area in Imphal East district, he added.
Though the police officer didn’t specify the reason behind the day’s detection drive, the State Home Minister Gaikhangam had recently promised to check if any illegal migrants have made permanent settlement in Manipur.
Different civil society organisations have been raising question of illegal migrants outnumbering the indigenous population demanded immediate enforcement of Inner Line Permit System in Manipur taking into account of the challenges posed by unrestrained influx of outsiders to the indigenous people.