CoMSO demands regular checking by District Task Force

Shillong, Feb 14: The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organization (CoMSO) on Friday demanded from the District Task Force of East Khasi Hills to conduct regular checking to detect and deport illegal immigrants, who enter the state without valid documents.

A delegation of CoMSO met East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner, Matsiewdor War Nongbri and apprised her of the notification issued by the then government in May 2006 and the need to ensure its proper implementation.

After the meeting, CoMSO secretary, Roykupar Synrem told reporters that the state government through the notification had constituted the District Task Force in all 11 districts for the purpose of detection and deportation of foreign nationals.

The task force included the deputy commissioner as chairman, superintendent of police as vice chairman, inspector of labour as member and deputy superintendent of police as convener.

He said the functions of the DTF is to ensure regular checking of illegal immigrants, to ensure that special drives are carried out in the respective areas to detect illegal migrants and deport them and that surprise checking is carried out by a combined team of a magistrate, police force and anti-infiltration directorate staff once in a month.

“We have requested the DC to ensure the DTF conduct regular checking against illegal immigrants,” Synrem said.

He said the DC has assured the delegation to take necessary action. According to him, the DC told the delegation that the checking by the DTF was city centric and also based on inputs received from the anti-infiltration directorate. “According to her, not a single illegal immigrant was detected (since 2006),” he said.

Meanwhile, the CoMSO has continued to deploy volunteers in a bid to assist police personnel at various anti-infiltration check gates especially along the inter-state and international borders in order to detect illegal immigrants who enter the state without valid documents.

The action was in protest against the Centre over the delay to implement the inner line permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.