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Mon, 20 Nov 2017

Northeast Today

Security on High Alert in Manipur Border

Security on High Alert in Manipur Border
November 10
15:31 2017

October Edition, Statewide Manipur, NET Bureau, Levion Jimmy

107 illegal immigrants pushed back at Jiribam

Government of Manipur has strengthened security measures along the Indo-Myanmar border and Assam-Manipur border at Jiribam district in wake of the Ronghinya refugee crisis in neighbouring country, Myanmar.

To prevent the entry of illegal immigrants, particularly Ronghingya refugees, the Manipur government has set up check posts at strategic points along the border, besides conducting massive drives in border towns since the ethnic crisis broke out in Myanmar resulting in the mass exodus of Ronhingyas.

Additional forces have been stationed in sensitive areas like the Moreh town along the Indo-Myanmar border, in Tengnoupal district (erstwhile Chandel district), Behiang in Churachandpur district and Jirbam town along Assam-Manipur border along the National Highway 37. Manipur shares 398 km of its border with Myanmar in Chandel, Tengnoupal, Ukhrul and Churachandpur districts.

Of the border areas, Moreh town, 110 km away from Imphal remains as one of the most sensitive zone for being a business hub and a corridor to Southeast Asia under the Look East Policy.

Everyday hundreds of people from both sides of the border cross over to carry out business which is worth crores of rupees. Since the Rohingya refugee crisis, police are constantly patrolling vigilantly day and night the border areas.

Speaking to Northeast Today, Tengnoupal SP Dr S Ibomcha, said his team has been taking up adequate measures to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants, especially the Rohingyas.

He further informed that the police have been patrolling the border areas in and around Moreh town since September 13.

Apart from checking the entry of illegal migrants police have been reportedly conducting massive house-to-house verification including rented houses in residential areas of Moreh town for three consecutive days starting from September 19 to check the presence of illegal migrants.

In the process, the police team conducted verification of every individual by checking their credentials like Adhaar, electoral rolls and other relevant documents. So far, there has been no report of any detection of Rohingya refugees.

“So far we have not detected entry of any Rohingya refugees but the police will continue with their operation until things return to normalcy,” said the SP.

He maintained that it was no easy task to man the border with low man power considering the fact of being porous border.

Similarly, drive against illegal immigrants was strengthened at Jiribam, Assam-Manipur border and Behiang, in Churachandpur district.

Although presence of Rohingiya refugees has not been detected so far, Manipur government has pushed back 107 illegal immigrants at Assam-Manipur border, said Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh.

He claimed that during a house-to-house drive covering 1,211 houses, conducted at Jiribam 265 suspicious immigrants have been rounded up and 107 have been pushed back.

Chief Minister terming the Assam-Jiribam, as the most vulnerable point citing the constant influx of Bangladeshi immigrants, said additional force has been stationed at the border.

It has been informed that besides the existing checkpost, another police check-post will be set up at Jiri Mukh and also strengthened the foreigner check post.

N Biren further said that that the Indo-Myanmar border at Behiang in Churachandpur district would be developed as second corridor in the wake of the Act East Policy adding that a permanent police station would soon be established at Behiang. He revealed that around 9 persons on daily basis are detected trying to cross into Behiang (Indian side) illegally.

Against this backdrop, Biren Singh also informed that there are altogether 23 Myanmarees including Rohingya presently lodged in the jails in the state. It is learnt the jailed Myanmar nationals were detected on several occasions prior to the present ethnic crisis in Myanmar and that deportation for the same is under active consideration with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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