Earlier, 13 Myanmar nationals had entered the Lajang area on 22 July. The statement said that on July 23, a total of 230 Myanmar nationals illegally entered New Lazang, 89 in New Samtal, 143 in Yangnomphai Village, 175 in Yangnomphai Saw Mill, 30 in Awomjung and 38 in Bhonsse. As per the directions of the Union Home Ministry, the state government had given clear instructions to the Assam Rifles guarding the border to take strict action to stop the entry of Myanmar nationals into Manipur without travel documents. According to the statement, the state government takes the issue of illegal entry very seriously, as it may have international ramifications considering the law and order situation. The government has advised the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Chandel district to monitor the return of illegal immigrants and keep biometric data and photographs of all citizens of Myanmar. Manipur shares a 398 kilometer long border with Myanmar. The Chin community, who share ethnic ties with the Kuki community of Manipur, live in Myanmar.