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Ex Naga student leader warns against railway extension
Published on 31 Jul. 2009 11:43 PM IST
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Naga Students Federation general secretary K Elu Ndang today warned his Mizo brothers to be cautious of the proposed railway extension up to Sairang. Speaking to media persons at the Mizo Zirlai Pawl main office in Aizawl, Ndang said, “Entered once, the trains will never leave.” Emphasising that the local people should get direct benefits from any development project, Ndanga alleged that it was the reverse with most of development projects in the NE region. Underlining that railway connectivity up to Dimapur in Nagaland had adversely affected the social structure of the state, the student leader said, “Influx of illegal migrants is one of the biggest impacts.” “About 99 percent of people at the Dimapur railway station are non-locals. They came from everywhere. We could never know who they were and where were they going to. They proceeded to every part of the state causing a big social and economic problem,” he alleged. “Inner line regulation is not effective at the railway station. We could not differentiate between Indians and Bangladeshis. As a result, we have huge number of Bangladeshi migrants in our state,” he said. “You are fortunate that you have time to think. Trains will transport hundreds of illegal migrants into the state on a daily basis. Are you prepared for that demographic invasion?” he asked the Mizo people.

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