TURA, Aug 09: In the aftermath of over 40 lakh people being left out of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the FKJGP – Garo Hills Zone (GHZ) has proposed the set up of a helpline for reporting of cases where doubtful people surfaced in the Garo Hills region.
Expressing their apprehension at people from neighbouring Assam trying to move into the plain belt of Meghalaya, the FKJGP in a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of WGH sought measures to be put in place to ensure such a thing could be checked.
“Phulbari and Dhubri district of Assam shares a border through the river Jinjiram. Keeping this in view, we fear the people left out in the final draft might infiltrate inside our state through this river by boats and other means. We urge you to effective measures expeditiously for better future,” said the NGO.
The NGO stated that it had already directed all its district circles and units to be vigilant and report any doubtful person to the nearest authority.
“Some NGOs and local leaders had detected and detained immigrants from Assam most of who did not make the list of the final draft of NRC in Assam. We appreciate the steps taken to tackle this menace, but the truth is that they will try to infiltrate by roads that are not being checked,” said the NGO.
The FKJGP further proposed that a helpline centre (toll free) be maintained so that people could give information on those that are doubtful and report the matter before any law and order problem arises.