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- By ragee1318, March 3, 2012
- By GRN Reddy, February 27, 2012
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- By Damien, January 4, 2012
Security situation tense in the Northeast as states step-up their anti-immigration drive
Jiribam, which lies along the proposed Silchar-Imphal railway route, is one of the most strategically important locations inside Manipur. According to the last census, close to one-third of the population living in the city were Muslims, leading to arguments from several Manipuri ethnic organizations that Bangladeshi immigrants are arriving in Manipur via the state of Assam.
Although the Bodo-Bangladeshi clashes have subsided in Assam, hundreds of thousands of refugees are still living in make-shift shelters, and are unlikely to return to their homes anytime soon. Some of the leaders of the Assamese rebel group United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) has also came out in the open against the Bangladeshis. During a public meeting organized in the city of Tinsukia, ULFA leader Jiten Dutta asked the local authorities to expel the Bangladeshi immigrants from the district.
ULFA has kept the identification and deportation of the illegal aliens living in Assam, as one of their main demands before the resumption of peace talks with the Indian government. Apart from ULFA, a number of ethnic and political organizations, such as the Northeast Students’ Organization (NESO), Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP), Naga Council, Bengali Chattra Parishad, Tai Ahom Students’ Union, and the Marwari Yuva Manch have also demanded government action against the illegal migrants.
In addition to Manipur, several other states in the region, such as Meghalaya and Nagaland are also considering initiatives against illegal immigrants. Since both the states are tribal dominated, much of their territory is covered under the Inner Line Permit (ILP) rule, which prohibits the settlement of non-tribals. However the Meghalayan government had decided not to implement the rule recently, helping tens of thousands of Bangladeshis to settle down in border areas.