N Biren Singh Chief Minister of Manipur, informed the state assembly that Rohingya Muslims have started sneaking into Manipur which has a common border with Myanmar, on Friday. The Chief Minister said “Police at Moreh border town had arrested one Rohingya Muslim during a routine check. It was discovered that seven Rohingya’s had sneaked into Manipur and the rest had escaped. A manhunt is on to find them.”
Checking has increased in the border districts and the police had rounded up 560 persons of doubtful nationality, the Chief Minister told the House. 105 of the undocumented ones were sent back.
Total 178 undocumented persons were rounded up at Jiribam. Unauthorized bamboo bridges used by the migrants were pulled down. He appealed to one and all to be sincere on the issue.
Congress member K Meghachandra, insisted on the introduction of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in Manipur. The Inner Line Permit (ILP), system is already in force in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland.
Meghachandra said that in 1948, the population of outsiders in Manipur was 2,719. According to the 2001 census, their population increased to 7,40,488 which is higher than the majority community in the state.