The Manipur government has decided to decides to keep Myanmar refugees in detention centres, according to official sources.
The detention centres will be called "shelter homes" but the refugees won't be allowed to leave these homes, sources said. Their biometrics will be recorded and if they are found outside the premises of these "shelter homes" then they will be charged. Action will be taken against any Indian national if they provide shelter to these refugees.
Around 5,000 immigrants, including women and children, have fled from conflict-hit Myanmar since the military took power in February 2021.
Sources added that the Manipur government has recently constituted a Cabinet Sub-Committee, headed by Tribal Affairs and Hill Development Minister Letpao Haokip, to look for a possible solution for a the matter.
Thousands of Myanmar nationals had crossed over to the state due to the armed conflict taking place in their country, near Indian border.
A ministerial committee led by Haokip visited Moreh town along the Myanmar border and Gamphazol village of Chandel district during the past few days and interacted with villagers.
Manipur shares 400 km of unfenced border with Myanmar.
The Manipur government, various NGOs and churches have been providing food and shelter to the Myanmarese, including women and children.