ILP checking
File photo of ILP checking drive. Image credit - Arunachal24.in

A total of 15 inner-line permit (ILP) defaulters were arrested in Dimapur district since July 30, Dimapur police said on Friday.

While 13 of them were granted bail by the court and two are still in detention. Police said a case has been registered against four of the defaulters.

After final draft publication of NRC in Assam on July 30, the Nagaland government has intensified enforcement of the ILP in the state.

Neighbouring states of Assam feared possible influx of illegal immigrants after more than 40 lakh people did not make it to the final draft list of the NRC.

The Nagaland state authorities, civil society organisations and student bodies swung into action to check the entry of illegal immigrants into the state.

The Naga Tribes Council had formed a joint committee on prevention of illegal immigrants and submitted a representation to the state government.

The state government also set up a committee led by commissioner and secretary to chief minister, Abhishek Singh, to look into the issue.

According to reports, Singh said the committee was listening to everyone and getting everybody’s views on the issue. A number of NGOs of the state shared their views, he stated.

Singh said, “We will come to a system which is like a full-proof that does not allow any illegal immigrants to come in and where it does not require any harassment to the legal system.”

He said a delegation led by former Dimapur deputy commissioner Kesonyu Yhome was sent to Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram to study the ILP system. The team had reportedly submitted a report to the committee.

Singh said the main objective of the committee was to ensure that anybody whose name is not included in the NRC will ever get an ILP.

“So, we have to have a full-proof system which does not allow any illegal immigrants to come in,” he stated.

The Naga Tribes Council said everyone, from government establishments to civil society organisations to the public, should be involved in checking the possible influx of immigrants.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com

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