Na­ga­land, Megha­laya gear up to check in­flux

Both state govts have is­sued ad­vi­sories to the po­lice overs fears of an ex­o­dus by the 19 lakh peo­ple left out of the fi­nal NRC

The Asian Age - - Front Page - MANOJ ANAND

Bogged down by the grow­ing fear of an ex­o­dus by the 19 lakh peo­ple left out of the fi­nal Na­tional Regis­ter of Cit­i­zens in As­sam, its two neigh­bor­ing states of Na­ga­land and Megha­laya have is­sued ad­vi­sories to the po­lice to take pre­ven­tive mea­sures to check any in­flux of il­le­gal im­mi­grants into their states.

The ad­vi­sory in Na­ga­land, by its home depart­ment, said all en­try points and check gates manned by the po­lice should be suit­ably strength­ened to pre­vent any pos­si­ble in­flux of il­le­gal im­mi­grants. Mo­bile pa­trols at vul­ner­a­ble lo­ca­tions should also be ac­ti­vated.

It also clar­i­fied that non­lo­cals en­ter­ing the state must not be al­lowed with­out valid passes is­sued by the district ad­min­is­tra­tions, and that any un­usual in­flux of out­siders with­out valid passes should be promptly brought to the knowl­edge of the district au­thor­i­ties.

The state gov­ern­ment also asked all vil­lage, town and mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties to strictly mon­i­tor the in­flux of peo­ple from out­side the state. It directed the district ad­min­is­tra­tions and po­lice to ver­ify the an­tecedents of ten­ants and strictly mon­i­tor the reg­u­la­tion of the In­ner Line Per­mit (ILP), espe­cially along the bor­der ar­eas.

The fear that those who have been ex­cluded from the NRC in As­sam may look for shel­ter in neigh­bour­ing states also dom­i­nated the on­go­ing Assem­bly ses­sion in Megha­laya, where leg­is­la­tors cutting across party line voiced fears over the pos­si­bil­ity of such peo­ple en­ter­ing the state and urged the gov­ern­ment to take im­me­di­ate steps to check such in­flux into the state.

Say­ing that 223 “out­siders” trav­el­ling with­out any valid doc­u­ments had al­ready been de­tected at dif­fer­ent check gates and pushed back into As­sam, Megha­laya chief min­is­ter Mukul Sangma said that ap­pro­pri­ate leg­isla­tive mea­sures and steps were be­ing taken to en­sure that those left out of the NRC in As­sam can­not in­fil­trate into the state.

Mr Sangma said as part of the ef­fort to check such in­flux, check­points had been asked to be ex­tra vig­i­lant.

An in­spec­tor-gen­eral has been de­puted as a nodal officer to over­see the en­tire process of peo­ple get­ting into the state on a daily ba­sis, he added.

The of­fi­cials are co­or­di­nat­ing with SPs and gath­er­ing data on all en­ter­ing via check gates on a daily ba­sis.

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