Shillong: In the wake of the recent, unexpected and surprising incident where 14 foreign nationals were caught consecutively by the police of East Jaintia Hills district while they were illegally entering Meghalaya, the All Jaintia Youth Welfare Organisation (AJYWO) has urged the police and traditional heads to be alert.
“Act and work alertly, wisely, actively and faithfully together to detect and identify whether there are any illegal settlers in our land,” AJYWO president, MH Dkhar said.
“The identity, credentials and legality of each and every residents have to be examined, detected and determined, and if found as such illegal immigrants the course of laws of the land have to be fully applied accordingly against such illegal migrants,” Dkhar added.
In addition to this, the AJYWO has also urged the government of Meghalaya to fully implement the long pending District Task Force incorporated in Section 5 of the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016, in letter and spirit, in all the districts of the state.
It may be mentioned that the East Jaintia Hills district police recently, detected 14 foreign nationals from different parts of the district.
Of them, 12 were detected with Nigerian passports, but without valid Indian visas.
Of the remaining two, one hailed from Ivory Coast while the other had no passport.
The Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs have been intimated about the arrests.
Police has said that all the arrested persons had travelled from Nigeria to Dhaka by air on different dates.
They were then picked up from Bangladesh capital by some people in batches and taken by cars to an unknown place near the Indo-Bangladesh border.
They then crossed the border in Tripura on foot and were picked up by some people before travelling by cars to Silchar from where they boarded buses to Guwahati.
One of the arrested, Obey Sunny, admitted during interrogation that he had a criminal case pending against him in Goa for overstaying in India and his passport has been impounded.
Others claim that they are footballers and have come to India illegally through Bangladesh to play football in Indian clubs and for textile business.
Police are on the lookout for the people who facilitated their illegal entry from Bangladesh to India.