The Manipur government has stepped up security of migrant labourers in the state in view of the killings of 16 of them by unidentified gunmen in last seven months.
Police have been asked to patrol round-the-clock places, particularly Imphal and surrounding areas, where migrant labourers work, sources said, adding the workers have been asked not to venture into interior areas of the state.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Imphal West district, L Kailun has appealed to these labourers to stay and work only within Imphal municipality and Imphal market areas.
Public Distribution and Supply minister Yumkham Erabot said that steps had been taken to protect migrant workers. Around 600 such labourers in Wangkhei assembly constituency have been asked to stay at government relief camps after they approached the minister in this regard.
As many as 16 migrant labourers have been killed this year in four valley districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishenpur.
The recent incident was of a non-Manipuri labourer, who was gunned down at Sagolband area near here in Imphal west district last Tuesday.
Public Distribution and Supply minister Yqmkham Erabot said senseless people were carrying out the killing of migrant labourers.
Stating that steps had been taken to protect migrant workers, Erabot said that the killings would not solve any problem.
Such labourers in his Wangkhei assembly constituency numbering around 600 here have been asked to stay at government relief camps after they approached the minister.
Manipur Paople's Party (MPP) MLA Ng Bijoy had recently stated that inner line permit system, which restricts the inflow of migrant labourers, should be introduced in the state, but condemned the killings.
The system is a force in neighbouring Nagaland, Iizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, official sources said.