The speaker of Indian state of Manipur has claimed that illegal immigrants from Bangladesh pose a greater threat to India's national security than Rohingya Muslims, reports The Times of India.
Manipur assembly Speaker Yumnam Khamchand Singh reportedly made the statement in Bhopal on Tuesday as he made a brief stopover there while returning from Vidisha.
He spoke to reporters about the problem arising out of migration of Rohingya Muslims and India's central government's affidavit in Supreme Court to deport them.
According to the Times report, Singh said Manipur shares a 367km porous international border with Myanmar, but it faces a bigger threat of illegal migration from Bangladesh.
"Bangladeshi migrants have changed the demography in several districts of Manipur," Singh was quoted to have said. He took oath as Manipur Assembly speaker in March 2017.
"Illegal immigrants from Bangladesh infiltrate the border, learn Manipuri dialect and in a year mingle with the local population."
The Times report said Manipur has a population of 2.7 million, which includes 1.3 million from the local Meitei tribe.
To check illegal immigration, the state government cleared a land reform bill which is pending with New Delhi.
"We want a new land reform law on the lines Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, whereby only agriculturists can purchase land and non-agriculturists are barred. In Manipur, stricter land purchase rules will protect the rights of indigenous people," the speaker was quoted to have said.