IMPHAL- Hundreds of students took part in a rally in Imphal on Saturday demanding immediate implementation of National Register of Citizenship (NRC) in Manipur.
No untoward incident happened during the rally carried out under the joint aegis of six different students’ bodies – AMSU, MSF, DESAM, KSA, SUK and AIM.
The rally kicked off from Imphal College campus at Kwakeithel and marched along Tidim Road upto Raj Bhavan where they seated on the ground near the main entrance gate amid heavy presence of police and security forces.
The students demanding implementation of NRC in the state, detection and deportation of illegal immigrants.
“Detect and deport illegal immigrants from Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh,” read one of the placards carried by the students. “We demand NRC in Manipur,” “Check influx of illegal immigrants,” other placards read.
After marching on the street, the rally was converted in to a meeting which was addressed by leaders of the six students’ bodies stressed the need for introduction of the NRC in the state.
Talking to reporters on the sideline of the rally, spokesperson of the six students’ bodies, Mayengbam Somorjit alleged that the influx of outsiders into the state has impacted the demography of the state.
“We have been demanding implementation of the NRC in the state for a long time to protect the indigenous population,” he said.
Unfortunately, the state government as well as the Centre had not taken up any step to implement the NRC to address the issue of illegal immigrants.
The clear evidence was the recent detection of a large number of Myanmar nationals staying in border town Moreh . As many as 32 Myanmar nationals were detected and detained on the initial stage of the operation launched in the border town Moreh after the killing of the SDPO on October 31 last.
“The detection of a large number of foreigners from the neighbouring state itself showed that population invasion is taking place in the state taking advantage of the ongoing crisis,” he alleged.