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5801 migrants detected in Manipur, says Manipur CM

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Imphal, May 12: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that of the 5,801 undocumented migrants from Myanmar detected in Manipur’s Kamjong district, 15 have died due to natural causes, 359 have voluntarily returned to Myanmar, and the remaining 5,457 are currently residing in the district.

He said the surge in migration is attributed to the ongoing conflict in Myanmar. These 5,457 migrants are being housed in eight designated camps situated away from local communities to avoid integration issues, the CM said.

“Management and upkeep of these camps are primarily overseen by local village committees, with ration supplies provided by the District Administration. The migrants have been issued identity cards by the District Administration, and headcounts are conducted on a regular basis” Singh said.

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According to reports, many migrants expressed their desire to return to Myanmar to participate in the ongoing cultivation season, but recent incidents of bombings by Myanmar military have instilled fear, and caused hesitation among the migrant population.

The Kamjong District Administration and Police have taken immediate measures, including biometric registration, camp security enhancements, and provision of humanitarian aid.

A meeting was chaired by the Manipur Chief Secretary on May 10, regarding the situation in Kamjong district, it was decided to promptly capture and upload biometric data for 284 undocumented migrants whose information was yet to be recorded.

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Additionally, the district administration will conduct a re-verification of all migrants in designated camps as soon as possible. The Police Department will reinforce security measures in the district, particularly around the camps. Deportation of illegal migrants back to Myanmar will occur once the situation stabilizes in the country.

The state government has taken further action by forming a Special Police Team to identify new migrant settlements and conduct biometric registrations.

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