AIZAWL, Aug 13 (Newmai): Security has been beefed up along the Mizoram-Assam border in a bid to curb possible influx of illegal immigrants from Assam following the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Mizoram’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), LH Sanliana on Monday said that they have strengthened and re-enforced the existing police outpost along Mizoram-Assam boundaries such as in Vairengte, Saiphai, Bairabi and Kanhmun to prevent entry of illegal immigrants from Assam. He also said that no arrest of illegal immigrants has been made till date.
According to the police officer, the state government of Mizoram has not seen any abnormality in the inflow of non-tribal from the neighbouring state. “No increase in the number of non-tribals entering Mizoram since the publication of NRC,” he said. The police officer also said that the state government of Mizoram has alerted all police outposts along the Mizoram-Assam boundaries, and that, police are carrying out day-night patrolling to maintain strict vigilance. Sanliana further said that the state government has not received any threat that the infiltrators are attempting to enter Mizoram.
“It would not be a big problem for the law enforcement agency to differentiate and detect foreigners as they have facial and physical structure totally different from the local people,” he said. The police officer also said that the state government had already sounded alert in view of the possibility of illegal influx of people from Assam prior to publication of NRC in Assam. He claimed that security was tightened enough to prevent influx of illegal immigrants and foreigners from neighbouring states.
According to Sanliana, all police stations and outposts were conducting regular ILP drive in all districts to arrest violators. He also said that at least 36 people were arrested in Aizawl in the first week of August for violating the ILP regulation. He, however, regret that the police department faced inconvenience in pushing back ILP violators due to shortage of vehicles.
The police officer then called upon the people of Mizoram to support the government in rounding up “illegal infiltrators” and pushing back to their native places as per the existing laws.
Various political parties and student bodies were raining huge attack on the state government for allegedly failing to take security measure in view of possible entry of “foreigners”.
The state apex student body the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) had earlier set 15 August as a deadline and threatened to set up infiltration check gate along the Mizoram-Assam border if the government fails to take any step to prevent influx of “foreigners”.
MZP president L. Ramdinliana Renthlei said the student body would send volunteers to Mizoram-Assam boundaries to inspect security measure there.
“We will convene a meeting after 15 August to decide our future course of action based on the security measure taken the state government,” he said.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the state in view of Independence Day celebration. Sangliana said that more security will be deployed in all the important establishments and operation of drone camera will be strictly prohibited.