Bamboo bridges found rebuilt, dismantled again

Police have yet again dismantled makeshift bamboo bridges which were found reconstructed over Barak River.

On December 7, police dismantled five such makeshift bridges, which are reportedly used by illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh to enter Manipur through Assam.

Chief Minister N Biren shared photos of police personnel dismantling the bridges on his Facebook page and captioned it ‘police again dismantled new bamboo bridges over Barak river’.

Sources said that new bridges were found rebuilt at Ningthembam area of Jiribam district to reconnect with Bakhal in Assam’s Cachar district. Earlier on December 7, police dismantled five such bridges at Ningthembam and Karamnagar areas.

Along with the photographs uploaded on his Facebook page, CM Biren also sought suggestions from the public in tackling influx of illegal immigrants in the state. He further conveyed that Borobekra police arrested one Md Musaraf Hussain (40) son of Kumraj Husain of Bangladesh from Choudhurikhal. The arrested individual revealed that he entered Jiribam along with six other illegal immigrants from Myanmar through Bangladesh. “With reports of illegal immigrants sneaking into Jiribam, my government had begun an operation to identify illegal immigrants in Jiribam six months ago,” the CM wrote.

During the just concluded state assembly session the issue over demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit System in the state was debated.

Commenting on the issue, Biren had informed that truck drivers bring in non-locals for some monetary gain and officials are giving them land while politicians use them as their vote banks. Expressing concern over such activities, Biren urged the members of the House to identify non-locals in their respective constituencies and provide a report to him for tackling the issue.

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