CORRESPONDENT JIRI, 11th Sep: Civil society organisations based in Jiribam detained 46 non-locals who tried to enter Manipur without valid documents on Monday morning.
The detained non-locals include 26 minors, one of whom is only 9-yr old boy.
All the detained non-locals claimed themselves to be residents of Dhubri district, Assam but only two/three could speak Assamese and possessed no valid identification documents. Some, however, possessed birth certificates and ID card issued by pradhan.
Sources informed that all of them were brought in a truck on Sunday and detected by police personnel manning foreigners check post at Jiri bridge and handed them to Jiribam police to ascertain their identity.
After staying overnight at Jiribam police station, all the non-locals boarded the same truck and headed towards Imphal along NH-37 road.
Suspicious over the manner the driver of the truck made entry at Gularthol branch office of All Jiribam Road Transport Drivers Union Monday at about 3pm, members of the union checked the truck and 46 non-locals were found boarded on it.
As news spread in the area about detection of non-locals, leaders of various civil society organisations and leaders of local cub rushed and detained all the non-locals. Leaders of JCILPS Jiribam unit were also informed and a joint verification of the detained non-locals was conducted.
During the verification, the detained non-locals claimed of being hired for railway constructions in Manipur.
Addressing media persons after completing verification, leaders of civil society organisations said that the minors will be handed over to Child Home, Jiribam. Rest of will be handed over to police to initiate necessary legal proceedings.