SHILLONG, Sept 07: While legislators are doing the talking on effective mechanism to check influx, more than 400 suspected foreign nationals were on Friday apprehended by the members of the Khasi Studentsâ€™ Union along the National Highway â€“ 44 at Mawryngkneng village in East Khasi hills district. However, in the course of conducting the checking drives against illegal entries into the state, seven members of the KSU were picked up by the police.
â€œWe have apprehended as many as 400 non-indigenous people who are suspected to be Bangladeshi nationals,â€ KSU Mawryngkneng Circle president W Kharsati told the Meghalaya Times Friday evening.
He said, â€œMajority of these people have failed to provide valid documentsâ€.
Massive checking was conducted along the national highway in Mawryngkneng wherein vehicles were made to stop.
According to Kharsati, during interrogations, most of them have revealed that they have come from Assam and are planning to go to Jaintia hills district.
He said, â€œThe increased inflow of outsiders into Meghalaya is due to the recent tension erupted in the Bodoland of Assam.â€
According to the president, the members have informed the police about the incident.
However, police picked up seven members of the KSU claiming that they were detaining, checking and assaulting passengers travelling to Jowai at Mawrengkneng.
Police sources informed that the members of the KSU have been brought to Shillong for interrogation.
â€œThey were picked up following an FIR filed by the passengersâ€, a senior police officer said adding at least five people have lodged complaints.
Meanwhile, the KSU has refuted to allegations leveled against them and said that the steps taken has been informed to the police. â€œThe police were present during the checking and the members have never assaulted nor harassed the passengersâ€, Kharsati said.
Mentionably, on August 13 last, Police had detained three KSU members of Nongthymmai Unit for assaulting and manhandling 13 passengers, who failed to provide any documents, travelling in a commercial Sumo bound for Jaintia Hills district.
However, police has maintained a firm stance on the actions of KSU members, saying â€œNo one has the right to assault anyone. If they catch someone who is not an Indian citizen then they should contact the police, and we will see what is to be doneâ€ adding â€œWe will not tolerate anyone taking the law in his own hands.â€