Dimapur, September 14: Nagaland has been alert ever since Assam Government published the draft National Citizens Registrar (NRC), which has left out around 40 lakhs people, on July 30 last. While law enforcing agencies are more vigilant on the borders and check gates to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants, various non-governmental organizations in the state have demanded the state government to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Dimapur district.
Continuing its movement against illegal immigrants in the state, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today organized a rally in Dimapur wherein it stressed on implementation of ILP in Dimapur district at all check gates, Railway Station and Airport.
While NSF President, Kesosul Christopher Ltu said that genuine Indians are most welcome in Nagaland, he expressed concerned over people with questionable identities who are even involved in collecting taxes for the Naga National groups.
He lamented that the check gates in the state are not being monitored properly and at the same time, ILP is being issued randomly to people, besides there is no mechanism to check whether the ILP has expired or not.
Stressing that government should monitor the entry and exit of ILP holders in the state, the NSF president also reminded the village chairman of their role to properly authenticate the documents of the people staying in their colonies.
To the student community, he said they should be a watchdog, while middleman and dalals should be caught and punished.
“We cannot tolerate people of questionable identities who commit antisocial activities in Nagaland,” he cautioned and said these people do not have even an iota of knowledge about the Naga problem.
He also urged the Naga national groups to give strict orders to all ranks and files to check these people of questionable identities.
He also said, “If our economy is controlled by outsiders, our future is also control by them” and urged the Nagas to rise up to the occasion.
Vice President of Naga Council Dimapur (NCD), K Ghokheto Chophy said that Naga Council has started a movement in 2012 on the ILP and even conducted signature campaign. He said the Council wrote to the state Government that it is not the job of the NGOs to check illegal immigrants but the government.
He said the NCD has been demanding has been demanding ILP zone in Dimapur at Check Gates, Railway Station and Airport.
Chophy said that after the NRC in Assam, 40 lakhs people were left out and these people are trying to enter Nagaland.
Informing that the Nagaland Tribes Council has formed a committee on prevention of illegal immigrants, Chopy disclosed that the Naga Council held a meeting in Dimapur with government officers on August 30 wherein they had demanded introduction of ILP in Dimapur, especially at New Field Check Gate, Dillai Check Gate, Dimapur Railway Station and Airport. He said that the state government has assured to take up the issue.
He also requested the NSF to meet the Nagaland Tribes Council to make further strategies on the issue.
The NCD vice president requested the genuine Indian Muslims to work with NSF, NTC and NCD in detecting the illegal Muslim immigrants and help in deporting them.
Convenor of High Power Committee, Dimapur Naga Students Union, K Temjen Jamir, however, differed on the issue of migrants staying in Nagaland and said “even Indians cannot stay here or run business”.
He said Assam has already implemented NRC and identified the foreigners. In the same way, Nagaland should consider the first electoral roll of 1963 at the NRC of the citizenship of Nagaland, he added.
On illegal immigrants, he said it is not a foreigner issue or Bangladeshi issue. “Our state is unique, much higher than the citizens of other parts of India,” he said.
He also blamed the Nagas for the present situation and said knowing and unknowingly they have allowed many non-Nagas to run businesses and settle in Nagaland.
“ILP cannot be considered a permit to stay here in Nagaland,” he said.
Temjen also demanded a review of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 and said Nagaland should have its own entry permit system. (Page News Service)