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KSU tells people to be vigilant

Correspondent Shillong, Jul 24 | Publish Date: 7/24/2018 11:59:52 PM IST
Meghalaya’s powerful Khasi Student’s Union (KSU) on Tuesday urged ruling National People’s Party-led government and the indigenous people of the state to be on high alert against the possible migration of illegal immigrants from Assam after the final draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) is published on July 30.
“The NRC in Assam is part of measures to weed out immigrants who illegally settled in Assam after 1971 from the electoral roll. There has been an increase of population after 1971 in Assam and the indigenous tribes of Assam like the Assamese, Bodo, Rabha, Mising and others have become minorities in their own respective regions,” KSU general secretary, Donald V Thabah said.
According to 2011 census, the KSU said, Assam has a total population of 3.29 crore.
“In the first list of NRC published, only 1.9 crore are genuine citizens of Assam, meaning, the remaining 1.39 crore population in Assam have to prove themselves whether they are the genuine citizens of Assam,” Thabah said.
The NRC is being updated in accordance with the Assam Accord signed on August 15, 1985, and under the directions of the Supreme Court.
Thabah said feared that Meghalaya would face the worst situation if no measures are taken since other states like Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram are protected under Inner Line Permit.
The KSU also asked the State Government to complete the setting up of entry and exit points in various parts of the State and bring out more stringent laws that helped in curbing influx.

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