Illegal immigrants from Myanmar crossed over to Indian states, Manipur and Mizoram after the democratically elected government was toppled in 2021. (Image: X/NBirenSingh)

By Sushim Mukul, India Today News Desk

India on Friday deported the first batch of Myanmar nationals who had entered illegally, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said. Thousands of Myanmar nationals have reportedly crossed over into India amid a civil war-like situation in Myanmar.

Seven Myanmar nationals were deported on Friday and a total of 77 people who illegally crossed over into India will be deported in the next three days.

The deportation of illegal immigrants from Myanmar comes within weeks of the decision to suspend the Indo-Myanmar Free Movement Regime (FMR) and fence the entire 1,643-km stretch of its border with Myanmar. The FMR allowed tribal people living along the border to travel 16 km into each other’s countries.

Biren Singh had been demanding the scrapping of the FMR and the fencing of the border with Myanmar.

Ethnic clashes between Meitei and Kuki communities erupted on May 3, 2023. The state has been witnessing phases of violence since then.

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