Home Minister asks CoMSO to call off anti-infiltration drive

Shillong Feb 13: Meghalaya home minister, Lahkmen Rymbui on Thursday asked an organization carrying out anti-infiltration drive not to continue further as the state government is not sitting idle in addressing the influx issue.

Rymbui met a delegation of the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO) that deployed 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.

CoMSO volunteers did this in protest against the Centre over the delay to implement the inner line permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.

Rymbui told reporters that he has asked the CoMSO to call off the checking, as people may take advantage and create unnecessary law and order problem.

“The state government is not sitting idle in ensuring safety and security of the people. When the government has taken steps, they should not do it, and we do not want anything that will create law and order situation,” Rymbui said.

According to Rymbui, the CoMSO delegation told him that they were conducting the checking in the border areas.

The home minister however said that the government cannot allow anything that may lead to people taking law into their own hands.

On the demand to implement ILP in the state, Rymbui said that it is the duty of the state government to engage with the Centre so that the ILP is implemented, but it cannot be done overnight.

Earlier, CoMSO said that they would continue to assist the state police in various anti-infiltration check gates.

CoMSO chairman, Robertjune Kharjahrin said that the volunteers would continue with the checking since the directorate of anti-infiltration does not have enough man power.

Kharjahrin also said that the CoMSO would conduct surprise checks in the coming days to see if the police personnel are doing their duty in the anti-infiltration check gates.

“We are not taking law into our hands by assisting the state police in various anti-infiltration check gates,” Kharjahrin claimed, adding that the CoMSO is in no way involved in arson incidents in Shillong on Wednesday evening.

Two vehicles including a government vehicle were set ablaze by miscreants in two different places of the city on Wednesday.