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HANM to launch anti-influx operations from June 4

SHILLONG: Irked at the unabated influx of illegal immigrants especially from the neighboring country of Bangladesh, the Hynniewtrep Achik National Movement (HANM) has informed that it will begin operations against influx from June 4 onwards with the formation of the anti-influx operation cell.
Addressing mediapersons on Friday, HANM president, Lamphrang Kharbani said, “We will drive away those illegal immigrants who do not possess proper documents. There are, however, some non-tribals who possess proper documents but the operation is against those who enter the state illegally.”
He also said that immigrants have taken over local trade which has in turn deprived the indigenous people of earning a livelihood and has contributed to the rise in unemployment for many locals.
Arguing that illegal migrants have occupied most parts of main commercial areas in the city such as Khyndai Lad, Iewduh, Polo and Lad Rymbai in Jaintia Hills, he said that the operation will start with inspection of documents.
The organisation will meet with the concerned government officials with a request to conduct inspections in commercial hubs.
Despite calls to tackle influx, Kharbani admitted that pressure groups and social organisations have not done enough to oppose the influx imbroglio and that the state government is also to be blamed.
On the other hand, he said that the Dorbar Shnong, the Hima should be alert and not give shelter to illegal migrants and asserted that the state lacks strong laws to tackle illegal influx.
He also said that preference should be given to local people for jobs in companies set up here in the state.
Asked about tribal contractors who employ immigrants instead of locals, vice chairman of the anti-influx operation cell, John Sangma said that the organisation will hold discussions with contractors and will address the issue.

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