Northeast states fear NRC spill-over, on high alert

SHILLONG,1st Aug: Even before the NRC draft list was made public on July 30 in Assam, the security was beefed up and neighbouring states like Nagaland, Meghalaya among other Northeast Indian states set up check posts along borders to prevent influx of illegal immigrants from Assam. It must be mentioned here that more than 40 lakh people have been excluded from the NRC list and may face detention if they are unable to prove their citizenship.

Assam shares an 804 km boundary with Arunachal Pradesh, a 53 km border with Tripura and an 804 km boundary with Meghalaya. In order to check influx, Meghalaya’s Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) set up infiltration check gates in various check points at Ri bhoi, East Jaintia Hills and West Khasi Hills. It was also informed that trucks were stopped at these places and hundreds of outsiders were apprehended at the check points.

The KSU claimed that over 1000 immigrants had been apprehended in just one day. Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said, “We need to remain alert since there are possibilities that those who have been left out of the draft might try to enter Meghalaya”.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has also asked the Chief Secretary and the DGP to up the security at entry points into the state to prevent influx of ‘illegal migrants’. The Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations Act of 1875 which is in effect in the state restricts the entry of non Arunachalee citizens into the state without an Inner Line Permit (ILP).

In Nagaland too, the security was been beefed up even before the NRC list was declared. Speaking to TNT in this regard, Nagaland BJP MLA Mmhonlumo Kikon said, “This is only the first draft of the published NRC and the real outcome is left to be seen only when the final draft is out. It is a huge exercise. The concerns of the NRC spill over have been raised by every state in Northeast India and the same has been conveyed to the Assam Government and we are yet to receive a response in this regard but I hope they keep the concerns of the neighbouring states in mind”. In Tripura, the indigenous parties have welcomed the move and demanded the same be implemented in Tripura as well.

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