Demand for ILP, NRC gets louder in Meghalaya

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HT Correspondent

SHILLONG, Aug 3: Demanding implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) as well as preparation of NRC for Meghalaya, the members of the Hynniew-Trep Youth Council (HYC) on Friday stormed the Meghalaya Secretariat to show its discontentment over the steps taken by the present Government to check inflow of illegal immigrants into the state.

Stating that Meghalaya does not have any legislation to check influx, the HYC general secretary Roykupar Synrem said, “Today we came and storm Meghalaya Secretariat in order to show that we are not happy with the steps taken by the present government to check illegal immigrants entering Meghalaya.”

“We all are aware that Assam has recently published its final NRC draft and over 40 lakh people are not in the final draft, they are doubtful Indian citizen, Meghalaya shares long border with Assam what will happen if half of the 40 lakh enters Meghalaya and seek citizenship here,” Synrem said.

“Other North-eastern states like Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram there are ILP, Assam has NRC, in Sikkim there are laws like protected areas and other laws to check illegal immigrants, we will not talk about Tripura as we all know the situation in Tripura where indigenous people are reduced to minority, as a community we want to protect ourselves and protect our right,” he said.

Stating that infiltration check gates are not full proved mechanism to check influx, the HYC general secretary questioned the role of infiltration check gates as he felt that only Electoral Photo Identity Card should not be considered to be ID prove to check if the person is a genuine Indian citizen or not.

Displaying placards which said “Government of Meghalaya implement ILP and NRC or we will do it our self”, Implement ILP and NRC in the state immediately, they shouted the slogan like “NO NRC No Rest”, “We want ILP”.

All districts in Meghalaya, which share border with Assam have been put on alert to check influx of illegal immigrants following the publication of the final draft of NRC.

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