A suo-moto case under section 14 Foreigners Act has been registered at Moreh Police Station for further investigation
TFM Moreh Correspondent
As many as 81 Myanmar nationals, including 10 minors, were arrested in the Moreh sub-division of Tengnoupal district of Manipur on Friday for illegal entry and stay in Indian Territory. A suo-moto case under section 14 Foreigners Act has been registered at Moreh Police Station for further investigation, police said.
According to sources, a high-level team led by Tengnoupal DC Ranjan Yumnam was a verification drive following a specific input regarding the establishment of a new village called New Salbung Village just next to H. Lhangcham Village in Moreh Sub-Division and infiltration of Myanmar nationals to the said villages i.e., in and around of New Salbung Village & H. Lhangcham Village.
The team, comprising SP Tengnoupal B.Golianmang, Addl SP Tengnoupal (L/O), SDC Moreh, OC Moreh P/S and CDO Team Moreh, detected many illegal immigrants. In apprehension of violence and breach of law and order, the Tengnoupal DC imposed Section 144 CrPC in H. Lhangcham Village and its adjoining areas. However, no arrest was made on Thursday.
A special commando team with additional security forces rushed to the area on Friday and arrested 81 Myanmar nationals. They were brought to Moreh police station. After completing legal formalities, they were taken to Imphal, sources said.
Meanwhile, the home secretary reportedly notified the DGP, Manipur to open and activate a Foreigner Detention Centre, Sajiwa at the newly constructed unused building in Sajiwa prison complex.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh lauded the DC, SP and commando team for the successful operation. He also appealed to the people residing on the Myanmar border to inform the state government authorities if any illegal migrants were found. “If not, you may face legal consequences for sheltering illegal immigrants,” he said in a social media post.