Alleging that the Nagaland government has failed to curb the influx of illegal immigrants into the state, the Naga Students Federation (NSF), today claimed that it has "launched its first phase of checking" of Inner Line Permit (ILP) of non-Naga inhabitants.
Addressing a press conference here NSF president Kesosul Christopher Ltu claimed that the "checking" of ILP by its sub-ordinate units was "launched as it feared" that people not having their names in the complete draft of National Register of Citizens published by Assam government would enter into Nagaland.
The Naga Students' Federation is the apex students body in Nagaland.
"We have submitted several representations and letters to the state government, and even on March 21 this year after the new government took over. We have recommended for separate ILP monitoring Cell with break up of non-Nagas in different fields in the state," he said.
He said the state government has replied saying that it would consider the issues put forth by NSF.
"Government mechanism has failed to monitor the influx of illegal immigrants and defaulters of ILP ...," he said.
The NSF president said that the volunteers deployed by the sub-ordinate units in Kohima, Mokokchung, Wokha, Zunheboto, Peren and Phek are "checking the ILP and relevant documents of non-Nagas coming into the state".
He also demanded that Dimapur be brought under the purview of the ILP.
The NSF president said it would soon conduct a mass public rally and submit a memorandum to the state government on influx of illegal immigrants and defaulters of ILP
Meanwhile, the Nagaland Commissioner, M Patton said the state government has no specific information on the student organisation checking the ILP on non-Nagas.
"We will not encourage them to take up such activity as it is the duty of the law enforcing agency and if need be we will issue public information," Patton said.
The Commissioner said after the publication of NRC in Assam, the state government alerted all the district administration and also village councils while all entry and exit points have been strengthened to curb the influx of illegal immigrants into the state.
The decision was taken during a consultative meeting here in Dimapur after a thorough deliberations on the possible influx of illegal immigrants after the complete draft of the NRC was published in Assam, an official statement issued by NTC said.
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