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NSF to weed out illegal immigrants on war footing

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 25 (MExN): Stating that it has strongly resolved to weed out illegal immigrants on a war footing, the Naga Students Federation (NSF) has termed the recent statement of the Assam Muslim Welfare Union (AMWU) as most unacceptable and cautioned that the so-called Union or individuals will be held responsible if any untoward incident happens against any Naga living outside Nagaland.

“The AMWU’s threat that similar fate could befall on those Nagas living outside Nagaland if Muslims in Dimapur were treated otherwise, is a direct opposition to weed out illegal immigrants from Nagaland. Who is AMWU to dictate its terms and issue threatening statements to any Naga organisations?” stated a press note issued by N. Ejanthung Ngullie, General Secretary NSF.

He NSF also pointed out that Nagas staying outside, irrespective of their profession as a student, businessmen, government servant etc are not known for committing crimes and that they are generally well behaved unlike the illegal settlers in Nagaland.

The NSF has appreciated and given all out support to the initiatives taken by the Naga Council in dealing with the issue of illegal immigrants in Dimapur.

Also stating that illegal immigrants from different areas especially Bangladesh have been a neck in the pain for the Nagas, the NSF pointed out that Naga society and the state government machineries have long been taken advantage by such criminals.

“Illegal immigrants have continued to live in our own homeland like their own homeland acquiring land and other immovable properties. Some have gradually found name and a place in our society making it difficult to describe them as illegal immigrants. However, the NSF shall give all efforts to weed out such settlers from our state sooner than they think or which they thought was impossible”.

IN order to take durable and stringent steps against the menace, the NSF is convening a meeting of all apex bodies of all non-Naga organisations/associations/unions/councils/associations and the like which are existent within Nagaland on March 10, 2012 at its Conference Hall at 11 am. All such organisations are to compulsorily send two representatives each. This press statement is to be treated as official as no separate notifications will be issued in this regard, the NSF informed.

The NSF informed that it will formulate ways and means to identify and describe what constitute an immigrant to be illegal which will be binding. Any difficulties faced by genuine settlers will be discussed during the meeting. Genuine settlers are expected to bring in suggestions to identify and weed out illegal settlers. On the part of the NSF, the slightest deficiency on what constitutes a settler to be illegal will not be tolerated and will be deported, it stated.

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