Chief Minister N Biren Singh today said that he has given instruction to all concerned to take up additional security measures at Imphal International Airport, police stations and border areas. He informed this while handing over of 179 Nepali men and women, who were being brought to the state illegally, to the Nepal authority at Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak. Officials of the state welfare department, Manipur police and Nepal embassy were present during the event. They were officially handed over to the Nepal embassy officials after their documents were thoroughly checked. It may be mentioned that the 179 people from Nepal were recently arrested by the state police in a suspected case of human trafficking. CM Biren described the incident as the biggest human rescue in the country. He lamented that Manipur has started experiencing human trafficking incidents which were often reported in other parts of the world. The Chief Minister also hailed the Manipur police, the Social Welfare Department and the NGO for their success in rescuing the people hailing from Nepal on time. In order to prevent such incidents in future, it has been instructed that alert should be maintained at crucial places including the airport, he said.
Referring to the incident, Nepal Embassy counsellor Prakash Adhikari said the Nepal government would look into the matter. He also thanked the Manipur government for providing information about the incident to the Nepal authorities on time.