Manipur has been caught in a series of ethnic strife since May 3. Earlier the government of India has asked the government of Manipur and Mizoram to carry out the exercise and warp the same by September this year.
The letter from Under-secretary of Government of India, Pratap Singh Rawat to the chief secretaries of Manipur and Mizoram stated,” It is further mentioned that a campaign for capturing of biometric data of the illegal migrants in the States of Manipur and Mizoram is to be completed by the end of September, 2023. The State Governments of Manipur and Mizoram are requested to quickly prepare the plan and initiate the biometric capture of the illegal migrants.”
A senior officer in Manipur who does not want to be named told ET, “Already the state government has the people from Myanmar staying in the state. The process of gathering the biometric details will start as the situation in the state normalizes.”
Union Home minister Amit Shah on June 1 had stated, “For a permanent solution, on a trial basis, fencing has been erected on 10 km. Along 80 kilometres, work has been tendered. Survey has been done for the rest of the area. Biometric registration and retina scan of people who have come from neighboring countries will be done.”
Manipur shares a 400 km border with Myanmar. Chief minister N Biren Singh during his recent visit to New Delhi when asked by media persons about obtaining the biometric details, he said that priority right now is to bring back peace and stability. BJP MLA Rajkumar Imo Singh tweeted, “This has already been published in the paper recently, GOI has undertaken the task to identify illegal migrants across Manipur and Mizoram by capturing biometric data which is to be completed by 30th September. The state government had already started this earlier this year due to which nearly 2500 illegal migrants were identified. All districts have to arrange this up to the police station level as per the standardized format of NCRB. Looks like this is a step towards NRC”. The Manipur Government formed Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC) on Identification of Illegal Immigrants has found that around 2187 illegal immigrants have taken shelter in Manipur following the military Junta taking over in Myanmar. The government planned to build shelter homes to house Myanmar nationals.
Meanwhile at least seven Myanmar nationals have received treatment for bullet and explosive injuries at Churachandpur District Hospital in Manipur.
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had earlier said that Myanmar immigrants are responsible for deforestation, poppy cultivation, and drug menace in the state.
Mizoram has been accommodating around 35,000 refugees from Myanmar due to the military coup in February 2021; over 1,000 refugees from the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, where the Army crackdown forced the tribals to leave their villages and to take shelter in Mizoram.
Mizoram is likely to raise funds from the government officials, staff and the public to provide relief to people of Manipur who moved to neighboring states following outbreak of violence in the state on May 3.
Mizoram currently houses 12,000 displaced people from Manipur. “Donations would likely be sought from the government officials, employees and the people in general,” a Home Department official said.