The Myanmarese authority has handed over eight Indians, including five insurgents, to the Immigration officials of the Indian government at Moreh on Monday as a friendly gesture.

These Indians had been arrested and incarcerated in Myanmar as they were found inside the country without valid travel documents.

Police said the three civilians in the group were produced in a court and set free. However, the five insurgents were remanded in police custody.

The Assam Rifles troopers have also been arresting Myanmarese nationals in Manipur. However, these foreign nationals are handed over to the Myanmarese authority at the international gate rather than being lodged in prisons.

The Myanmarese authority issues an immigration permit to Indian traders and tourists. The permit, which is valid for a few hours, allows the Indians to travel to Tamu, about 30 km from the international gate, for purchasing goods.

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