Dr. Mayengbam Veto Singh, Joint Secretary (Home) Manipur stated, “The Governor of Manipur is pleased to order that Pradeep Kumar Jha, Commissioner to Government of Manipur shall discharge the duties and assignments as Chairman of the Committee constituted vide orders of even number dated 23-02-2023 for conduct of verification drive for identification of illegal Myanmar immigrants in Chandel and Tengnoupal districts during the period of leave of absence during station leaving days of Dr. Shailesh Kumar Chourasia, Commissioner, Government of Manipur.”.
The order stated, Ningshen Worngam, DIG(intelligence) shall discharge the duties of Kabib K, IPS, IG(intelligence) for the assignments related to the Committee during the period of leave of absence during station leaving days or his engagement in some unavoidable circumstances whereby he is unable to discharge such assignment. Further, in the Terms of Reference of the Committee, the timeline earlier set for completion of the exercise on or before 31-03-2023 shall be extended to 30-09-2023.The Committee shall start visiting the districts starting from 01-08-2023 for monitoring the activities of capturing biometrics of the illegal migrants who have entered the State including the recently reported 718 fresh cases who had entered crossing Indo Myanmar Border illegally. Necessary coordination with the District Authorities shall be done by the Chairman for the visits”.
The Manipur government has earlier stated that a report is received about the entry of 718 refugees from Myanmar. The state Government has sought detailed report from Assam Rifles Authority to clarify on the facts and compelling circumstances/reasons, as to why and how these 718 Myanmar nationals were allowed to enter into India in Chandel District without proper travel documents;
Government stated report has been received from the Headquarters 28 Sector Assam Rifles that 718 fresh refugees have crossed Indo Myanmar border (IMB) and in New Lajang of Chandel District on Sunday due to the ongoing clashes at Khampat.
The Mizoram government has started the process of capturing biometric details of Myanmar nationals staying in the state since February 2021.The ministry of Home affairs (MHA) has asked Manipur and Mizoram to capture the biometric details. The Manipur government — on Saturday also began collecting the biometrics of illegal Myanmar immigrants. The Union ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has deputed a team from the National Crime Records Bureau (NBRC) to train and handhold the Manipur government officials. Around 35,000 Myanmar nationals have taken shelter in Mizoram since February 2021.The Manipur Home Department wrote to the Superintendent of Police in the state.
Peter Salam, Joint Secretary (Home) in a letter has directed that the campaign for capturing biometric data of illegal migrants in the state of Manipur is to be completed by the end of September 2023.
The official added, “All the Superintendents of Police of the districts are asked to immediately commence the campaign for biometric capture of illegal Myanmar immigrants in the State for timely completion by September 2023. The NBRC team which has been deputed by MHA for training and handholding of state government officers, will assist and guide in the biometric capture exercise to be conducted at Foreigners’ Detention Centre, Sajiwa, Imphal, East district on July 29, 2023.”
Manipur has been caught in a series of ethnic strife since May 3. Earlier the government of India has asked the government of Manipur and Mizoram to carry out the exercise and warp the same by September this year.
Union Home minister Amit Shah on June 1 had stated, “For a permanent solution, on a trial basis, fencing has been erected on 10 km. Along 80 kilometres, work has been tendered. Survey has been done for the rest of the area. Biometric registration and retina scan of people who have come from neighbouring countries will be done.”
The Manipur Government formed Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC) on Identification of Illegal Immigrants has found that around 2187 illegal immigrants have taken shelter in Manipur following the military Junta taking over in Myanmar. The government planned to build shelter homes to house Myanmar nationals.
Meanwhile at least seven Myanmar nationals have received treatment for bullet and explosive injuries at Churachandpur District Hospital in Manipur.
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh earlier had said that Myanmar immigrants are responsible for deforestation, poppy cultivation, and drug menace in the state.