|6 suspected Rohingya held at Imphal airport|
IMPHAL, Aug 12 - Manipur Police has detained six illegal immigrants, suspected to be Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, from the Imphal International Airport.
The arrest was made based on inputs that some illegal immigrants would be coming from Delhi to Imphal by an Indigo flight on August 10, Deputy Inspector General Themthing Ngasangva of Manipur Police told reporters.
However, Only one of the six persons detained for verification, could speak Hindi, while the rest spoke Urdu. On checking further, it was found that they possessed Aadhaar cards, which later turned out to be fake, the DIG said. Three of them had addresses in Manipur, while the rest were from Hyderabad.
Further investigation revealed that they entered Manipur using forged documents and they admitted to be natives of Myanmar.
One ATM card in the name of Hoe Myint Naing of Yangon, Myanmar, and a cash receipt in “Myanmarese-like language” was recovered from their possession, the police officer said.
The arrested persons have been identified as Yarzalin (27) of Kunblu, Moe Sat Naing (27) of Pyinmannar, Min Min Oo (29), Soe Ko Ko (23) and Nyi Nyi Soe (25) – all from Myeik – and Zaw Min Than (24) of Yangon.
Police further revealed that they were trained in madrasas in Delhi and other parts of the country. “We are very concerned about it,” the DIG said. “We now suspect the involvement of agents in sending them to Manipur.”
In another development, Manipur Police arrested the self-styled chairman of a Manipur-based armed group from Patna in Bihar, the DIG said. The arrested man has been identified as Sapam Kangleipal Meetei alias Chinglen alias Sarat (38) of armed group Kangleipak Communist Party (Maoist).
He was arrested along with the self-styled finance secretary Wahengbam Thoi Luwang (36) of armed group Kangleipak Communist Party (People’s war group) and another active member Kangabam Roshan Singh (27) of the KCP (People’s war group) from Hardinge Road near Patna Junction on August 8, the DIG said.
It may be mentioned that Sapam Kangleipal, the son of Shyam Sunder of Nongada Thongkhong in Imphal East district, is a wanted proclaimed offender who had escaped from the security ward of JNIMS Hospital at Porompat in Imphal East district in December 2008.