The statement was issued on Wednesday to media houses by the Co-ordination Committee (CorCom) - an umbrella of seven major separatist outfits - fighting for an independent state for the majority Metei community in Manipur.
The Manipur government, however, has assured protection to all genuine Indian citizens residing in the state.
“Illegal migrants and the outsider population have reached alarming proportions and the government of India is hiding the population figure of outsiders from the Census Report 2011. All outsiders must leave the state and return home for bringing a solution to the migrants’ problem and its associated ills,” CorCom said, in its statement.
However, students, professionals and tourists who are entering the state for academic purposes, art and culture, sports, religion or business for a temporary period are exempted from the quit notices.
The group also asked locals not to rent out houses or sell land to non-Manipuris or allow them to head business houses.
CorCom cited the case of Tripura, where the indigenous population had been reduced to a minority in 100 years; in Assam, the statement said, migrants constitute 46% of the population.
In Nagaland, despite the enforcement of the Inner Line Permit System (ILP), migrants constitute nearly a third of the population, while in Meghalaya, outsiders comprise 14% of the state’s population.
In Mizoram, outsiders are mostly Chakmas and Tongchangyas who entered from across the state’s border with Bangladesh, the CorCom statement said.
The statement claimed that in Manipur, the population of outsiders had crossed 30% as a result of the “silent population invasion” encouraged by the government.
Claiming the there was a danger of the indigenous population in Manipur being reduced to a minority, CorCom called upon the people to resist the entry of outsiders. There are no estimates about the number of non-Manipuris in the state of 2.7mn people. A large number of people from other states work in Manipur as daily wage earners. Many others do business and are employed in private companies and educational institutions.
“We are worried after the threat and don’t know how to react,” said Harinder Singh, a businessman originally from Bihar. “There is a sense of all-pervading fear and panic among most of the non-Manipuri people like us,” said Barun Yadav, a dealer in food products settled in Manipur for the past 12 years, but originally from Uttar Pradesh.
However, Home Minister G Gaikhangam, said the government would ensure security to all genuine Indian citizens. He reiterated, however, that no illegal immigrant would be allowed to settle in the state.