Manipur on high alert to check possible influx of Rohingyas
THE police in the hill districts of Manipur, bordering Myanmar, are on high alert due to apprehension of Rohingya Muslims trying to enter the state by crossing the border illegally.
Patrolling has been intensified in the last three days, the police said on Wednesday. Till today, no illegal immigrant has been detected or intercepted for trying to cross over from the neighbouring country, they said.
High priority is being given to the border town of Moreh. The police are on the lookout for suspicious looking people without valid documents travelling to Moreh from the commercial town of Tamu across the border in Myanmar, they said. People from Tamu can visit Moreh with valid papers but have to return before 4 pm.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh had on Saturday issued an alert to strengthen security along the 364-km long porous Indo-Myanmar border to prevent the influx of the Rohingya, the police said. Singh had also directed the concerned superintendents of police and deputy commissioners to prevent any attempt by the Rohingya to sneak into Manipur.
Thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmars Rakhine province have been fleeing the country since August 25 when a fresh wave of violence erupted there after the security forces launched a crackdown in the Rakhine state.
Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday slammed attempts to brand India as a “villain” on the Rohingya refugee issue, saying it was a “calibrated design” to tarnish the country’s image.
Rijiju’s comments came two days after UN human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad alHussein flayed India’s attempts to deport Rohingyas to Myanmar. Rijiju said criticism of India undermines the country’s security. “This chorus of branding India as villain on Rohingya issue is a calibrated design to tarnish India’s image. It undermines India’s security,” Rijiju tweeted. The issue came to the fore in July when the Union home ministry asked all state governments to check Rohingyas infiltration. The government had told Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, are presently staying in India.