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Manipur govt takes steps to check entry of illegal migrants

The Manipur government is taking measures to prevent a possible spill over of illegal migrants into the state in view of the publication of the first draft of the “National Register of Citizens” (NRC) in Assam.

The NRC, first prepared in 1951, is being updated in Assam under supervision of the Supreme Court, to weed out illegal migrants. The first draft of the updated version was published on December 31.

Special teams, led by officers of the rank of Assistant Commandant or Additional Senior SPs, have been deployed at Jiribam Babupara Bazar and along the Barak River bordering Mizoram, the Manipur Police said in a statement on Thursday.

The Barak originates in Manipur, flows through Mizoram and Assam and enters Bangladesh, where it forks into the Surma and Kushiyara rivers.

Special police teams have also been deployed at Mao Gate in Senapati district bordering Nagaland and the Tamei- Haflong road in Tamenglong district bordering Assam to check the entry of migrants into the state, the press release read.

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