NSF public procession today against influx of illegal immigrants

NSF public procession today against  influx of illegal immigrants

Kohima, August 23: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) will hold a public procession Friday from its office to the official residence of the Chief Minister against alleged influx of illegal immigrants.
Before the procession a short programme will be held at the premises of Naga Club which will be addressed by the NSF President Kesosul Christopher Ltu, among others. The NSF will submit a memorandum to Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio urging the Government to take adequate measures to check the influx of immigrants, particularly from Bangladesh.
After the draft publication of National Registration Census (NRC) by the Assam Government to detect illegal settlers in Assam State Government and some Naga civil organisations have stepped up efforts to thwart any attempt to enter the State by people who have no proper documents.
Alongside the authorities some student organisations, including the NSF have been frisking and checking non-Nagas from the inter-state gates, and there have been detection of people without valid documents who were handed over to the competent authority.
But in the process a reaction has come from Merapani bordering Wokha district, from a section of people from Assam claiming harassment from the police and students. Truck and taxi drivers have refused to ply Merapani-Wokha road in protest against alleged harassment.
While the State Government is taking precautionary measures to check influx of people against the backdrop of draft publication of NRC by Assam, where about 40 lakhs of people been left out, it has been very cautious so that it would not trigger a situation, some organisations and NSF have criticised the State Government of not taking enough steps to check illegal immigrants.
But the State Government is in a catch 22 situation as almost all alleged immigrants possess Indian citizen domicile documents.
Recently Government had decided to constitute a committee to work out on action plan with the support of Naga organisations.
The issue of immigrant has become chronic but Government could not effectively check the influx of people in the State due to various reasons and lackadaisical attitude of the State agencies manning the check gates.
(Page News Service)