Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday announced that the government will soon conduct house-to-house surveys to crackdown on illegal immigrants as well as migrants once the state population commission is instituted through an ordinance.
The announcement of the chief minister came in the wake of over 600 non-locals and foreigners found staying in the state without valid documents and Inner Line Permit (ILP) apprehended in multiple drives by police in the last few days.
Speaking to the media at CM Secretariat in Imphal on Sunday evening, CM Biren cautioned that actions will be undertaken under the provisions of the Foreigners’ Act and the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) against the people of the state if they are found sheltering non-locals illegally during the house-to-house survey.
CM Biren further expressed concern that the illegal residency of a Bangladeshi identified as one Md Anwar Hussain, 54, son of Md Amzad Ali by impersonating as a local since 1990 went unnoticed until he was arrested recently.
As informed by the chief minister, the Bangladeshi national had started obtaining a driving license as well as an Aadhaar card.
Pointing to the possibility of many such cases, he raised serious concern over the impending threat of the non-locals overwhelming the indigenous population. He also said that the government will see to it that actions are taken against government officials involved in issuance of the driving license and Aadhaar cards illegally.
The chief minister further rebuked the locals who are sheltering those infiltrating into Manipur, and sought support of the people in safeguarding the indigenous population. He lamented that people of the state are focussing on non-issues by sidestepping core issues like this threat to the meagre indigenous population.
Biren further noted that the government is about to complete development of apps with face recognition technology for regulating entry and exit of non-locals and give more teeth to the existing ILPS guidelines.