Guwahati, January 11: As Assam published the first draft of the NRC, organisations from the neighbouring state Meghalaya have begun to worry about ‘possible influx’ from Assam. Now organisations like the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) and the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) have demanded setting up Inner Line Permit and set up entry-exit points across Meghalaya to stop illegal infiltration.
KSU president Lambok Marngar speaking on the issue stated that the people who not recognized as citizens in the NRC might now try to seek into Meghalaya as there no issue of ILP yet and stated that this issue should be taken seriously by the state government now.
He added that he along with all the other organizations from the state who are in support of the ILP are not at all satisfied with the way the state government is functioning with the issue. The issue has been kept on hold for more than four years now. He alleged that the government has done nothing to set up the entry or exit points in the state.
He further stated that the state government should allow all the NGOs inspect suspected illegal immigrants.
General secretary of the HYC, Robert Kharjahrin stated that Meghalaya will become the first place where the migrants from Assam will shift to after they are declared as illegal as other states like Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram already have got ILP. He claimed that Manipur will also be a risk for them as Manipur has issue high alert on the issue.
Robert further stated that mass infiltration from Assam to Meghalaya will be the consequence of the NRC and so ILP is the best solution at present the state can get.