Guwahati/Shillong, August 8: Post publication of the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens(NRC), the Assam and Meghalaya police are working in close coordination with each other to tackle the possible infiltration of “illegal foreigners”.
This has been reportedly informed by Raghvendra Awasthi, temporarily holding the DGP post in Meghalaya. He told media that Meghalaya police is in touch with its counterpart in Assam and is maintaining tight vigil.
The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final Draft NRC.
Post the publication of the NRC on July 30, the Meghalaya police sounded alert as tension gripped the state of the possible influx from Assam.
At least seven checkpoints were set up on the entry and exit points along the bordering areas by the police. The checkpoints were set up on all the Assam-Meghalaya border routes spreading over the West Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi, Jaintia Hills and Garo Hills districts. The passengers and vehicles coming from Assam are asked to show Indian citizenship identification documents before entering Meghalaya, as per media reports.
Demanding the government to conduct an NRC-like exercise in Meghalaya, the KSU claimed that over 1,500 illegal immigrants have been identified by them who didn’t find their names on the NRC list in Assam.