Churachandpur district police arrested as many as 80 illegal Myanmar nationals, including 20 children, after launching intensive search operations at different spots in the district on Tuesday.
According to police, the arrested Myanmar nationals could not produce any valid document for staying in India and disclosed that they were all citizens of Myanmar.
A regular FIR ref No. 107(06)2022 Churachandpur Police station, under section 14 Foreigners Act has been taken up for further investigation, police said.
Police said that a huge team of Churachandpur district police conducted a cordon and search operation from 5 am till 8.30 am after receiving reliable information regarding the presence of Myanmar nationals in the district particularly at the general area of Ngathal village.
The operation was carried out under the supervision of SP Churachandpur Shivanand Surve, led by additional SP OPS Th Deshorjit Singh; and MPS Hasby Haokip assisted by SDPO Churachandpur and OC Churachandpur Police Station and OC Women Police Station and other officers including 60 other ranked staff.
A house-to-house search operation was conducted at Vaal Veng, Churachandpur wherein 40 persons were arrested from two rented places.
Search operations were also conducted at another rented house at Vaal Veng, Churachandpur town wherein 13 males, 16 females and eight children suspected to be Myanmar nationals were also arrested.
The owner of the rented place, identified as one Biakchunga, 58, on being asked revealed that he came to Mizoram from Myanmar in the year 1986 and came to Kwanpui, Churachandpur in 2013.
Further, on receipt of more information that three male Myanmar nationals were roaming around in the new bazar area and selling some goods, they were arrested from Gouchinkhup Veng, New Lamka.
A total of 80 Myanmar nationals (25 males, 35 females and 20 children) were arrested during the entire operation.
All of them have been provided food and water and other necessities, police said. Chief medical officer, Churachandpur was requested to send in doctors for a medical check up, after which they were medically examined.
All the adult members would be produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate for further remand for proper investigation and children will be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board.
Senior officers led by ADG LO Clay Khongsai accompanied by IG Zone II Jayenta and DIG R 3, Angam, have inspected the places where the persons were arrested from and briefed all officers to follow due procedures in the case and continue thorough investigations.