Post-NRC: M’laya, Arunachal up checking

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SHILLONG, ITANAGAR, Aug 6: Meghalaya government is all set to carry out “rigorous” checking of people entering the state following the publication of the NRC complete draft in Assam.

Superintendent of police (infiltration), Debangshu Sangma, told reporters that every person entering the state would be checked at the checkpoints. “At the checkpoints, the people need to show any identification document that proves that he is an Indian citizen and the exercise will continue till further orders,” Sangma said.

The authorities have advised people to carry citizenship proof when they enter the state, failing which they will not be able to go beyond the seven checkpoints bordering Assam.

His statement came in the wake of reports of people from Assam getting detained at the checkpoints, especially after the July 30 publication of the NRC complete draft in neighbouring Assam.

Sangma also denied claims made by the Khasi Students Union that over 1,500 doubtful citizens were detained by their activists at the border crossings.

“It is not a fact. The number of people who were stopped and sent back at the infiltration check gates is less than 100 since August 1,” he said.

Our Reporter added: In view of the publication of the final draft NRC, South West Garo Hills district administration has put in place security measures to check infiltration into the district.

In this connection, a joint coordination meeting was held between the deputy commissioner, Ramkumar S and his counterpart from Mankachar, Assam at South Salmara recently.

Two round-the-clock checkpoints have been set up at Jhunjuni and Mir Jumla, Thakuranbari with two police sectors under the supervision of deputy superintendent of police, S.R. Marak to cover the areas along the inter-state border of Assam and Meghalaya. Mobile patrolling and Nakas are being conducted by the respective Officers-in-Charge and Circle Inspectors of police stations and outposts within the district.

Arunachal govt beefs up checking

Meanwhile, Arunachal government has initiated rigorous checking of people entering the state following the publication of the final draft of NRC in Assam.

Informing this in an official communiqué, Habung Lampung, Under Secretary (Home) government of Arunachal Pradesh, said that the directive (order NO. HM(B) 97/2018) had been issued to all the deputy commissioners and the director general of police for taking necessary measures to check entry of illegal immigrants into the state through check gates, airports, railway stations and other entry points.

The official communiqué said directions had been issued to carry out stringent checking of ILPs as per the provisions of the law.

“In compliance of the said order, the concerned DCs and SPs are regularly carrying out stringent ILP checking in their jurisdictions,” Lampung said.

Recently, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Thursday served a 15-day ultimatum to illegal migrants to go back to where they had come from in view of possible infiltration of non-tribals in the state owing to the recent update of the NRC in Assam.

After 15 days, AAPSU threatened carry out district-wise clean drive (“Operation Clean Drive) against those staying in Arunachal without ILP and proper documents.

According to Lampung, the director general of police had also issued instructions in this regard to the Superintendents of Police of all the districts of Arunachal Pradesh. “The government is totally committed to take stringent action to check and prevent entry of any illegal migrants,” he said.

A delegation of AAPSU On August 3 met the state chief secretary in this connection. The resolve and commitment of the government in respect of checking and preventing entry of illegal migrants was reiterated in that meeting.

The representatives of AAPSU were also informed that they should provide requisite information about any illegal migrants if they come to know about the same to the respective superintendents of police and deputy commissioners of the concerned districts.

In that meeting it was re-iterated that nobody should take law in his hands or act in a manner which is in contravention of legal provisions as in such cases action shall be taken by the district law enforcing authorities against the law breakers.

“The representatives and members of AAPSU should refrain from taking any action which is not as per law and should not take law into their hands,” Lampung said.

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