Kokrajhar, Jan. 2: The Peoples' Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement has said the alarming rate of influx of illegal migrants to Assam has become a serious threat not only to the survival of the indigenous people but also to national security.
The committee has sought the intervention of the central leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
It urged the government to detect and identify illegal migrants on the basis of the 1951 census report and the electoral roll of 1952 and deport thereof for the safety and security of the country in general and for the indigenous peoples of the Northeast in particular. It also urged the Centre to clear the tribal belts and blocks in Assam from illegal encroachment.
The chief convener of the committee, Jebra Ram Muchahary, blamed the successive governments of Assam of doing nothing to protect and safeguard the indigenous people's land, their identity and their language and culture. "Their very existence at present is threatened," he said.
"The Assam leadership, which is totally dependent on the vote bank of the illegal migrants, can no longer save Assam from being ceded to Bangladesh. They have already given in and succumbed to the Bangladeshi migrants. There is every possibility of Assam being ceded to Bangladesh at any moment as the population of Bangladeshi migrants is soaring every year. In a democracy mere head count matters most and by the dint of simple plebiscite Assam is certain to go off India's hand to Bangladesh within a few years," Muchahary said.
He said the land of the indigenous people in the state has been illegally encroached upon by the intruders and the illegal migrants from the neighbouring country at the instance of bureaucrats and political leaders of the mainstream Assamese community who had held the reins of Assam administration since Independence.
Stating that because of sustained influx, the Bodo Kacharis and other indigenous peoples of the region have been outnumbered and demographically marginalised.
The leader urged the Centre to detect and identify the illegal migrants on the basis of the census report of 1951 and the electoral roll of 1952 and deport them to preserve the safety and security of the nation and the region.