Imphal: Police in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district bordering Myanmar have arrested as many as 81 Myanmar nationals including 10 minors on January 26 during a special drive against immigrants in the district, police said on Friday.
They were picked up by personnel of the special commando unit of Tengnoupal district police who launched the drive acting on information regarding the settlement of a large number of immigrants who allegedly infiltrated into Manipur from Myanmar across the Indo-Myanmar border.
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They were found settled by setting up a new village called New Salbung just next to H Lhangcham village under Moreh sub-division of Tengnoupal district after infiltration to Indian Territory, the police also said.
Moreh police station took custody of the illegal immigrants after registering a suo-moto case under section 14 Foreigners Act against them, thepolice added.
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This is not the first time in which foreign nationals from Myanmar were found staying in hill districts of the state illegally.
It can be mentioned here that a large number of Myanmar nationals illegally infiltrated into the state was held in Churachandpur district recently. As many as 52 Myanmar nationals, including 18 juveniles and minors were currently staying at a temporary jail in Churachandpur district.
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After three of them escaped a few days ago, at least 26 Myanmarese were transferred to the central jail in Imphal on January 25.
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