Shillong, Oct 3, 2017: The North East Indigenous People’s Forum (NEIPF), a conglomeration
of various NGOs and former militants of the northeast on Monday discussed at length the porous international border on the northeast.
ULFA’s former general secretary Anup Chetia is convener of this forum. It may be mentioned that the NEIPF was formed during a regional-level conference in Guwahati held on September 6th and 7th.
Spokesperson of the forum, M Ibungochoubi after the meeting held in Shillong on Monday informed media persons that, the NEIPF shares approximately 5500 km of boundary with China-Myanmar-Bhutan and Bangladesh.
“These borders are unmanned and they are not systematically checked raising concern over influx of illegal immigrants thereby endangering the indigenous population who may become minorities in their homelands,” the NEIPF spokesperson said.
Ibungochoubi also pointed out that if there are any conflicts in the neighbouring countries, the states of the region are the first to be affected even as he said that that the region had to bore the brunt of illegal immigration arising out of the Rohingya conflict in Myanmar and also the 1971 war in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, the NEIPF also said that the meeting held today discussed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. According to Ibungochoubi the forum would strongly oppose the Bill if there is anything objectionable against the interest of the indigenous people of the region.