Home | Editorial | Time to Act on Illegal Immigrant

Time to Act on Illegal Immigrant

The recent gang rape of a married Naga woman by five illegal Mian immigrants in the commercial hub of Dimapur has really shaken the consciousness of the Naga public like never before. The incident has send shock waves across society. Concern Nagas are coming out not just to protest but also to demand concrete measures to be put into place in order to curb the inflow of such illegal immigrants especially from Bangladesh. Just a word of caution here: The Naga public has a tendency to forget and let things drift away only to wake up again from similar shocks. Public memory may be short but here is a reminder of the yet another shocking story of how a 55 year old grandmother of Wanching village under Mon district was brutally gang raped and murdered on May 2, 2010 by three illegal immigrant from Assam. The details are too demonic for the human mind to even comprehend. We shouted for perhaps a week or two but after that it seems that we did not learn our lesson. It is time we stopped reacting and instead start acting. Hopefully the State government and the elected representatives, irrespective of whichever political party they may belong to, they are listening and they will do something this time.
Let us come back to what we need to do now that we have received another shock. The loudest demand is the call for a stringent policy so that a credible system is put in place for regulating movement of immigrants. The suggestion coming forth from the Naga Council public meeting held on February 10, 2012, the detail study and representation made by the Naga Students Federation (NSF) and even the Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) urging the government to come out with a policy needs urgent intervention of the State government (executive) and the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (legislature). This column makes an appeal to our legislators not to allow party politics come in the way of such an important matter related to our national interest. As the NSF has rightly pointed out the, “continued influx of refugees and undocumented migrants from different countries especially from Bangladesh has created a sense of insecurity and apprehension among the Nagas”. Protecting our culture, tradition, political identity, land and its resource is vital for the sustainable future of the Naga people.
Today is a wake up call. Some are suggesting that it is too late. No. But time is running out. Everyday that we let our guards down (or keep our borders unregulated) the tide keeps coming and the problem will become more and more difficult. Mokokchung and its people have shown that if there is a will there is a way to reverse the years of our apathy towards the rampant influx of illegal immigrants. But this will need collective effort from every section of society. A retired police officer recalled that during the 1980s close to 800 illegal immigrants were detected and hauled up at the Kohima local ground for deportation. However lots of ‘requests’ and ‘summons’ were received from the higher-ups to ‘release’ the immigrants on the pretext that they were contributing labour and work for important government and private ‘projects’. Shockingly only around 13 were deported back to Dimapur. Not surprisingly it is a known fact that illegal migrants are being brought to our towns and villages by Nagas themselves for the purpose of development works. There has to be greater vigilance along our borders and for this the local people should take the initiative along with help of district administration in keeping a close watch on the flow of people across our borders into our towns, villages and even homes.

Login or Register to post your Comment (Available for registered users only)

Comments (0 posted):

Post your comment comment

Please enter the code you see in the image:

  • email Email to a friend
  • print Print version
  • Plain text Plain text
Log in
No tags for this article