N Biren Singh announces plan to 'Deport' individuals arrived after 1961 in Manipur

This move is seen as a crucial step to protect the ethnic communities of Manipur amidst rising tensions and violence in the region since May 2023.

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Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh made a significant announcement on Monday, stating that individuals who arrived and settled in the state after 1961, regardless of their caste or community, would be identified and deported. This move is seen as a crucial step to protect the ethnic communities of Manipur amidst rising tensions and violence in the region since May 2023.

Singh attributed the months-long turmoil in the state to the influence of the drug mafia and illegal migrants, particularly refugees from Myanmar. He underscored the need to address these pressing issues to ensure the safety and cultural integrity of Manipur's indigenous population.

Speaking at the launch of a skill development program, Singh described the current situation in Manipur as a struggle for survival and cultural identity. He stressed the urgency of resolving the crisis, highlighting the insecurity faced by the present generation due to the lack of foresight by certain politicians.

Singh also highlighted the significance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah's announcement regarding the termination of the India-Myanmar Free Movement Regime (FMR) on social media. He emphasized the role of this decision in addressing internal security challenges and demographic concerns in the region.

The chief minister outlined the government's efforts, including the erection of fences and the revocation of the FMR, aimed at securing the future of Manipur by curbing illegal immigration and illicit activities like drug trafficking and weapons trade.
Singh expressed determination to ensure that the current insecurity faced by the people of Manipur does not persist for future generations. Despite facing criticism, he reiterated the government's commitment to taking necessary measures for the welfare and security of the state.

During the launch event of the Honda India Foundation's initiative 'Buniyaad - Aatmanirbharta Ka Adhaar', Singh expressed gratitude to the foundation for selecting Manipur as the project site. He also praised the residents of Manipur for their hospitality, discipline, and dedication to cleanliness.

As Manipur grapples with complex socio-political challenges, Singh's announcement signals a decisive move towards addressing the root causes of instability and safeguarding the interests of the state's indigenous communities.