The North East Students’ Organization (NESO), a conglomerate of the students’ organizations of the north-eastern states has called for the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in all the other states of the Northeast in the aftermath of the publication of the final draft of NRC in Assam.
A crucial meeting in this regard was held at Shillong on Sunday with representatives from All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Khasi Students Union (KSU) to work out the modalities considering the different political scenario of the north-eastern states.
After the meeting, NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa shared with the media that it is imperative to have the NRC updated in other states of the Northeast to assess the problems faced by these states similar to Assam.
Meanwhile, KSU general secretary Donald V Thabah has justified the students’ body’s move to set up check gates after the publication of the final draft of NRC draft in Assam.
He said there is an apprehension that some of the 40 lakh persons who were left out might enter Meghalaya.
Interacting with media, AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said there should not be any cause for worry for genuine Indians entering Meghalaya.
He was replying to queries regarding harassment meted out to to people travelling to and from Barak Valley through Meghalaya.
He asserted that the NRC was a document to protect the identity of the indigenous people of the North East.
Bhattacharya also advocated that both India and Bangladesh should sign a bilateral treaty to deport illegal immigrants, after the publication of the final NRC.