Imphal: Twenty-two illegal Bangladeshi migrants, who entered Manipur for low-cost manual job, have been sentenced to two years imprisonment by Chief Judicial Magistrate of Imphal East district (CJMIED), official sources said on Saturday.
The order of the CJMIED was passed on Friday after hearing the case filed by Porompat Police station (Imphal East district) of the illegal migrants who were chargesheeted under provisions of Foreigners Act 1946, section 14-A, sources said.
Two children, who accompanied the 22 illegal migrants, could not be imprisoned because of being underage and sent to juvenile home, sources said.
The state home department have been instructed to take up proceedings for deportation of the foreigners after completion of their prison term.
Official sources said Manipur police had launched various operations to detect presence of illegal migrants at different places including Hatta in Imphal East district and Lilong in Thoubal district on August 30 following reports of infiltration of illegal migrants.
Police had rounded up 100 illegal migrants from Hatta and Lilong and of these, 22 were imprisoned by the CJMIED and cases against the rest were pending in the court, sources said.