HM invites COMSO for talks, appeals to call off infiltration drive

Shillong, Feb 13: A day after the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) conducted the anti-infiltration drive, Home Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui today said that a review meeting with police officials of the state has been fixed next week.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting with COMSO leaders, new Home Minister said, the meeting will review the manpower available with the department and to deploy them in the check points of the state government.

The Home Minister informed that in the meeting, the CoMSO has assured him that they would consider calling off their drive, except in the border areas of the State.

He also said that he had urged the pressure groups not to conduct these anti-infiltration drives.

“They told me in the border areas (inter-state and international) they would continue, but in other areas they would curtail…let’s see we will wait for few days,” Rymbui said.

“The drive taken up by the members of pressure groups until someone takes the law into their hand, it cannot be dubbed as legal or illegal… but we have to see into all aspects,” he said.

On the issue of delay on the part of the centre to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state, the Home Minister said that the state government was pursuing the matter as aspired by the people.

Rymbui added that the issue (implementation of the ILP) should be resolved at the earliest… but this cannot be done overnight.

On the two arsons cases reported in the city on Wednesday where two vehicles including one belonging to the government were torched, Rymbui appealed that such violence should not be undertaken as these properties belong to the people.

Meanwhile, CoMSO chairman, Robertjune Kharjahrin said that the Home Minister had appealed to the group not to agitate since students will be sitting for various examinations.

The CoMSO chairman has assured the government that no law and order situation will arise due to their anti-infiltration drive.

Kharjahrin also pointed out that the present ILP drive undertaken by them all over the state was to assist the authorities in detecting foreigners.

He also said that by conducting the ILP drive, the CoMSO was not taking the law into their own hand even as he pointed out that they are working together with the police department to root out the menace of drugs from society.

“The government has its own responsibilities, we too have ours,” Kharjahrin added.

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