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Myanmar national staying in Manipur impersonating Indian citizen nabbed

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IMPHAL, Nov 11 (NNN): A Myanmar national who stays in Manipur by impersonating as an Indian citizen was arrested along with a Manipur native who helped him staying in the State by providing an Aadhaar card of a deceased person.

Police said that the arrested Myanmar national has been identified as Lenkhenmang Mate (26), son of Doujatong Mate from Tuivang village of Myanmar.

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The Manipur native who was arrested on the charge of helping the Myanmar national has been identified as Letminthang Baite (30) of Chandel district.

Police said that troops of 37 Assam Rifles nabbed them from Khenjang village of Chandel district on November 7 and handed them over to the Chakpikarong police station of Chandel district.

After booking them under relevant sections of the IPC and Foreigners Act, they were produced in the court of chief judicial magistrate Chandel district. The court remanded them to judicial custody for eight days, police also said.

Addressing reporters recently in Imphal, Manipur police DIG (Intelligence), Ningshen Worngam narrated how the Myanmar national entered Manipur illegally with the help of the Manipur native.

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He said that during preliminary investigation, the police have revealed that the Myanmar national entered the State by impersonating himself as a native of Manipur.

He impersonated as an Indian citizen with an Aadhaar card obtained in the name of a deceased person identified as Holkholal (38) of Chandel district who died three years ago, in 2019, the police officer said.

The Aadhaar card was allegedly provided by Letminthang Baite who was arrested along with the Myanmar national.

The police officer said that Baite was arrested for assisting the Myanmar national in entering India from Kheljang village.

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During investigations by Chandel district police, it has been established that the Myanmar national engaged in cross border trading by pretending to be an Indian citizen using the Aadhaar card, the DIG said.

Worgam said that helping foreign nationals in entering the State illegally is an offence and punishable. There were instances of the arrest of foreign nationals illegally entering the State with the help of locals.

“Harbouring foreign nationals is an offence under the law of our country,” he said and appealed to the natives of Manipur not to indulge in such illegal activities.

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