Ma­nipur on high alert to check pos­si­ble in­flux of Ro­hingyas

Financial Chronicle - - FUNDAMENTALS, POLITICS -

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.

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