IMPHAL: On February 24, Manipur police transferred the final 28 Myanmarese refugees from Churachandpur's Sadbhavna Mandap temporary detention facility to Imphal's central jail.
Three days after three Myanmar nationals broke out of a makeshift jail in Churachandpur, Manipur, on January 25, at least 26 of them were sent to the main jail in Imphal.
393 Myanmar citizens visited Manipur between 2012 and February of this year, according to N Biren Singh, the chief minister of Manipur, who was speaking in front of the State Assembly on February 24.
During the question period, K Ranjit, an opposition MLA, asked the administration whether any incidents of Myanmarese citizens fleeing to Manipur from the warlike circumstances in the neighbouring nation had occurred and, if so, what preparations the government had taken for them.
In response to the query, N Biren Singh stated that 393 citizens of Myanmar have visited Manipur since January 2012. Biren claims that 105 of them are currently being held in custody by the courts, 105 are being held in detention facilities, 180 have been given bail, and one has been sent back to the United States.
There are rumours that the state is home to people from Myanmar who have not been identified, despite the fact that all 393 of them have been identified. He claimed that as a result, the government has been working to form a committee and check the biometric information and Aadhar cards of the citizens of five districts to validate them.
The verification drive has already started in Kamjong, Tengnoupal, and Chandel, he told the Assembly.
In order to prevent the intruders' refugee camps from being established, the Chief Minister claimed that two detention facilities had been established at Tengnoupal and Sajiwa. He cited logistical and legal challenges.
As the Assam Rifles cannot adequately guard the 390 kilometres of the border on their own, the state government has started the process of creating 34 police outposts along the border. Biren claimed that once these police outposts are established, the encroachment from Myanmar can be greatly reduced.