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AASU reiterates stand on illegal migrants

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 4 - After the joint border visit with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the All Assam Students� Union submitted a memoranda clarifying its stand of not accepting any illegal foreigner entering the State after 1971.

AASU leaders Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya, Dipanka Kumar Nath and Lurin Jyoti Gogoi discussed several lingering issues with the Union Home Minister that included implementation of the Assam Accord, border security, constitutional safeguard, economic development, and the status of illegal migration post 1971.

Two memoranda were submitted to the Home Minister in this regard.

�The Union Government expressed its willingness to implement the Assam Accord. On the other hand, the border sealing is supposed to be completed by 2016 in Karimganj sector and 2017 in Dhubri sector. The Centre has also agreed to take special measures to ensure proper security and tight vigil along the riverine border between the two countries. We demanded strictest measures to check infiltration, including shoot-at-sight order,� said an AASU statement.

�The students� body also made it clear to the Central Government that it would never accept the illegal foreigners entering Assam after 1971 be it Hindu Bangladeshis or others. Already, the State has taken the burden of migration from Bangladesh before the cut-off date. Any additional burden would be detrimental to the interest of the State and its people. We also urged the Union Government to withdraw its notification in this regard. The Union Home Minister assured us that this issue would be discussed,� added the statement. .

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