Students & Women vendors protests in Imphal demanding NRC implementation to help solve influx of illegal immigrants

Imphal: A protest demonstrations demanding implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Manipur was organized today by representatives of six student unions and women vendors of the four Khwairamband Ima in the market area of Imphal.

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The representatives that comprised of KSA, SUK, DESAM, MSF and AIMS along with women vendors after a meeting in the market area in large numbers tried to storm the chief minister’s bungalow in Babupara leading to an intense scuffle when police intercepted the march at the Eastern Kangla Gate.

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Salam Open, co-ordinator of the six student bodies in the protest demonstrations, while talking to reporters said Manipur’s demography has been affected and the existence of indigenous inhabitants has been threatened due to the high influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Salam also claimed that illegal immigrants have encroached on reserved forest areas of the state, destroyed forest cover for illegal poppy cultivation and brought on a drug menace in the state.

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Salam then urged the relevant authorities to implement NRC in Manipur to identify these illegal immigrants. He recalled that the Manipur government has already taken a decision on NRC and the six student bodies have submitted a memorandum to the Centre demanding NRC implementation in Manipur as in Assam.

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