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‘Quit notices’ create panic in Manipur

Fear and panic have gripped people from outside the state who have taken up residence in Manipur, after separatist groups issued ‘quit notices’ to all non-Manipuri people, asking them to leave the northeastern state by 31 December or face dire consequences.

The statement was issued Wednesday to media houses by the Coordination Committee (CorCom) - an umbrella of seven major separatist outfits - fighting for an independent state for the majority Metei community in Manipur.  The Manipur government, however, has assured protection to all genuine Indian citizens residing in the state.

‘Illegal migrants and the outsider population have reached alarming proportions and the Government of India is hiding the population figure of outsiders from the Census Report 2011. All outsiders must leave the state and return home for bringing a solution to the migrants’ problem and its associated ills,’ CorCom said, in its statement. Students, professionals and tourists who are entering the state for academic purposes, art and culture, sports, religion or business for a temporary period are exempted from the quit notices. The group also asked locals not to rent out houses or sell land to non-Manipuris or allow them to head business houses. CorCom cited the case of Tripura, where the indigenous population had been reduced to a minority in 100 years; in Assam, the statement said, migrants constitute 46 percent of the population. In Nagaland, despite the enforcement of the Inner Line Permit System, migrants constitute nearly a third of the population.
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