The state police on 30th August rounded up 43 foreign nationals including 24 Bangladeshis and 19 Myanmareses during a crackdown in selected valley areas in two separate operations. The Myanmarese Nationals were found staying at Lilong (Imphal West and Thoubal districts) while the 24 Bangladeshi Nationals at Hatta Golapati areas (Imphal east district).
Those from Myanmar came to Manipur through Moreh, Meghalaya and Tripura. Some of them have been living in Manipur for the last 8 years along with their family. Their free entry into Manipur indicates that border areas of North Eastern States are still porous. Police still continues its drive against illegal migrants to prevent unwanted incidents in the state.
Jiribam is the prime target for police to conduct such operations since there are reports of many illegal migrants settling. Influx of illegal migrants is not a small issue. Many of them have been included in the voters' list and census records of the state and the government cannot do anything against those who are included in the voters' list. According to reports, state police already sent back more than 200 Bangladeshis since 2006. Foreign nationals, who committed crimes in their countries, are increasingly infiltrating in Manipur.
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