Itanagar, August 21: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today said it has detected over 2000 Inner Line Permit (ILP) violators across the state during a drive taken up after publication of the complete draft of the NRC in neighbouring Assam on July 30.
The list of such violators was given to the police in various districts, following which they have been taken out of the Arunachal Pradesh’s boundary into Assam, AAPSU general secretary Tabom Dai claimed.
Admitting that they have received such lists from the apex body of students’ associations in the state, police sources said, without elaborating, that they were on the job.
“Altogether 2205 ILP violators were detected during the two-day Operation Clean Drive from August 17. The drive has been suspended temporarily and it will resume soon,” the AAPSU general secretary said.
Dai said these people were staying in the state without valid ILP which is mandatory for outsiders for entry into Arunachal Pradesh.
When contacted, Capital SP Harsh Vardhan said,”We are on the job. The police are checking the ILP documents of the people after the (complete draft of the) NRC was published. We are taking action.”
The Arunachal Pradesh Police have also detected 2,333 ILP violators across the state since the publication of the complete draft of the NRC in Assam. Papum Pare district accounted for the maximum number of 663 violators, police sources said.
These figures were shared by the Director General of Police S B K Singh in the state cabinet meeting on August 10.
The students’s body, however, expressed disappointment with the government over the ILP.
“The state government has failed to detect ILP violators. They act only when they are detected by the AAPSU,” Dai alleged.
Chief Secretary Satya Gopal said the state government has issued directives to the SPs to remain alert on possible infiltration of illegal migrants into the state.
The police have started rigorous ILP checking in the state, Gopal said.
AAPSU president Hawa Bagang said its members would soon launch house to house drive in the state to detect illegal migrants and ILP violators.
“Our move is not to harass any innocent person but to detect illegal migrants who are staying in the state without valid documents. We urge the state government to initiate action against such people,” Bagang said.
Bagang said, “There are reports from various districts that ILP violators caught during the Operation Clean Drive are being let off without action. This should be looked into.”
The Operation Clean Drive was launched as the AAPSU has apprehended that illegal migrants from Assam might sneak into the tribal state to evade deportation.
Serving a 15-day deadline, the AAPSU had on August 1 warned all illegal migrants to leave the state and asked those who did not have valid ILP to procure the same within 15 days. (PTI)