AASU for camps to house migrants

Kokrajhar, Dec. 5: The All Assam Students Union (AASU) today demanded that the state government keeps landless doubtful citizens in detention camps till their citizenship is proved.

AASU president Sankar Prasad Ray told reporters today that doubtful citizens who have no land documents should be kept in detention camps.

The union leader also accused chief minister Tarun Gogoi and the government of having a soft corner for illegal migrants and harbouring them for narrow political gain. "The Congress government has a soft corner for illegal migrants. Hence, they are not taking a hard stand to detect and deport them. The government is using various tactics to delay the process of identifying foreigners and deporting them," Ray alleged.

"If the present trend continues, there is every possibility that a Bangladeshi will become the chief minister of Assam," he claimed.

On Gogoi's recent statement saying there are no illegal migrants in the state, the AASU president asked, "Who are the landless people in the relief camps? Are they not doubtful citizens?"

Ray said many doubtful citizens have returned to the villages at the behest of the administration. "At Dangaimari village under Bauraguri police outpost in Gossaigaon sub-division, 87 families have moved back, though only 29 have land pattas. Who are these landless people?" he asked.

"The chief minister of Assam is a liar. The people are now aware of his motives. His only aim is to be in power at any cost, even by giving land to illegal migrants," Ray said.

Urging the government to be serious on the foreigners issue, he said, "It is the responsibility of the government to detect and deport illegal migrants. We want the government to take a tough stand before it is too late."

"The state government should direct deputy commissioners in respective districts to sent notices to the illegal migrants to leave Assam and India," he demanded.

Ray said the only concern of the indigenous people is whether the government will ever drive away the illegal migrants. "The government only utilises the trust of the indigenous people but never work for their welfare."

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