Imphal, Oct 21:
Days after Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh made an earnest appeal to the people of the state for their full support and cooperation in identifying illegal immigrants who are staying illegally in the state by violating the Inner Line Permit System (ILPS), Team Imphal Times visited Mao Gate yesterday to assess how law enforcers are dealing with outsiders entering the state.
The Inner Line Permit regime was extended to Manipur on December 11, 2019, two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced it in parliament. The state government declared 1961 as the base year for the ILP Act on June 22, 2022.
The State Police strictly monitor non-locals who enter the state while issuing the permit at Mao Gate. After non-locals were issued ILP passes, they were individually questioned to confirm the authenticity of the card they provided during the ILP pass acquisition process. Anyone found in possession of a forged identification card is barred from entering the state.
As per information from the Mao checking gate in the Senapati district, approximately 150 to 200 outsiders enter the state with ILP on a daily basis.
A Bangladeshi man who had been allegedly living illegally in Manipur since 1990 has been remanded for judicial custody for 15 days.
According to sources, an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh identified as Md Anwar Hussain, 54, was arrested by a team from Lamlai police station from Khabesoi following a routing spot verification on October 7.
Team Imphal Times thanks the State Government, particularly the Senapati Police, for their sincere efforts in making the ILPS a more effective regulation for the protection of indigenous people.