Manipur CM Biren Singh | File photo

The Manipur government on September 23 said the process for collecting biometric data of “illegal” immigrants in the state will continue in full swing.

Chief minister N Biren Singh said that the government is taking this necessary step to identify illegal immigrants and to save the indigenous people residing in the state.

At a press conference at CM Secretariat in Imphal, CM Biren Singh said the state government have requested the Centre to suspend the Free Movement Regime (FMR) in Myanmar border to curb the entry of illegal immigrants. The government also requested the Union home ministry to start fencing the international border, he said.

People from Torbung, Serou, Koutruk who were displaced due to the ongoing crisis prevailing in the state since May 3 have started re-settlement in their respective hometown, the chief minister said.

The construction work of pre-fabricated houses in different sites were also completed, he added.

The state also set up a committee, jointly with Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Narcotics & Affairs of Border (NAB), for surveillance of the poppy plantation in the state. It will use Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and drone to survey and destroy the poppy plantation, he said.

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