Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday said that there are a total 393 illegal migrants from Myanmar in Manipur while responding to a starred question of Sugnu MLA K Ranjit during the third session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly.
In 2022-23, 210 illegal migrants from Myanmar entered Manipur, the CM said.
Responding to the starred question of MLA K Ranjit, the chief minister replied that out of the 393 illegal migrants, one was deported, 107 are in judicial custody, 105 are at detention centres and 180 released on bail.
The chief minister said that 393 are identified illegal migrants but there are suspicious and unidentified illegal migrants in the state. As a means to identify, a biometric system has been opened at five districts for Aadhar house-to-house survey, the CM said, adding that it has started at Kamjong, Tengnoupal and Chandel districts.
"India is required to sign a charter for opening refugee camps to the UN. So, as a means to keep them, a detention centre has been opened in the state", said the CM.
He also added that Assam Rifles are posted in border areas but they act more on insurgents. Therefore, the state government initiated to post police at 34 police outposts for security as well as to identify illegal migrants at borders.
Due to the unstable situation of neighbouring country Myanmar, the illegal entry might not stop. So, detention centres are opened in Tengnoupal and near Sajiwa jail, the CM informed.
"Those illegal migrants in judicial custody are arrested under foreign act. So, they are kept under judicial custody", the chief minister said.