Dimapur: Reiterating its commitment to make Nagaland an illegal immigrant-free state, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) on Friday took out a public rally in Dimapur demanding that the district be brought under the purview of Inner Line Permit (ILP).
The ILP is required by non-Nagas to visit Nagaland; at the moment, Dimapur is the only district in the state which is not under ILP.
Addressing a public gathering as part of its third phase to check ILP defaulters and influx of illegal imigrants, at the Clock Tower in Dimapur, NSF president Christopher Ltu advocated for the launching of a compulsory mechanism of checking at all entry and exit points of the state.
“People of Nagaland must play the role of watchdog to check the influx of illegal immigrants. Please don’t try to hijack our future for some petty benefits,” Ltu said, adding: “Members of all political parties must leave aside their ideological differences to work together in this regard.”
Reports of about 40 lakh people being left out from the second draft of the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on July 30 had put the state of Nagaland on red alert fearing possible influx of immigrants. Various organisations including the NSF had pressured the state government to tighten the ILP system and the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act of 1873.
Launching the first phase of its drive against illegal immigrants in Nagaland, the students’ body had launched a surprise check of illegal immigrants in many districts on August 8. On August 24, in the second phase of the drive, a memorandum was submitted to the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio giving a 30-day ultimatum to the state government to respond in this regard.
Urging the state government to take immediate action against illegal immigrants in Nagaland within 30 days of submitting the memorandum, general secretary of NSF said, “If the state government fails to take action on time, the indigenous people of Nagaland will turn into minority even in their own state. Tripura is a fair example in this regard.”
Addressing the rally, K Ghokheto Chophy, vice president, Naga Council Dimapur (NCD), also lauded the initiative taken by the Naga Tribes’ Council in forming a committee to check the illegal immigrants. “We will not rest until Dimapur is not under ILP Zone,” the the VP of NCD said.