Meghalaya ready to tackle possible fallout of draft NRC in Assam

SHILLONG, Jul 30: Soon after the release of the draft National Registry of Citizens (NRC) by the Assam, the state government on Monday morning, the Meghalaya government held an emergent meeting to discuss its possible fall-out in Meghalaya.

The draft NRC which was released saw more than 40 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants having been left out.

As many as 3,29,91,384 people had applied and the applications of 2,89,83,677 were accepted.

In Meghalaya, a high level meeting was convened by the State Chief Secretary Y Tsering. It was attended by the Director General of Police (DGP) Swaraj Bir Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Peter W Ingti and Commissioner and Secretary (Home) S Kharlyngdoh.

There is an apprehension in the state that people whose names does not figure in the draft NRC may flee Assam and seek refuge in Meghalaya.

There is a worry that people from Assam who did find their names in the NRC may seek refuge in the plain belts of Garo Hills.

Singh said, “I can tell you that we are making tight vigil and actions will be taken against any trouble mongers or alleged infiltrators.”

“The Superintendents of Police (SPs) of the bordering districts of Meghalaya with Assam have been liaisoning with their state counterparts to prevent any unwanted incident”, the Meghalaya DGP said.

“We are watching the developments and let us see how it evolves,” the DGP added.

Meanwhile, the Khasi Students Union (KSU) has also expressed its apprehension that the NRC will have its effect on Meghalaya, even as the union exhorted the government to take effective steps to so that the immigrants will not be able to enter the state.

“I can tell you that those ejected from Assam would use Meghalaya as another refuge. Not Nagaland or Arunachal Pradesh since these states has the system of Inner Line Permit (ILP)”, KSU President Lambokstarwell Marngar said on Monday.

Margnar also said that the KSU units all over Khasi-Jaiñtia hills have been alerted even as the KSU have sought the co-operation of the traditional and village heads to detect any spill over of illegal immigrants from Assam after the NRC announcement.

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