16 January, 2021

'We Want A Law To Deal With Those Who Employ Illegals’

New Assam chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, on the steps he plans to take to prevent illegal migration from Bangladesh

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
'We Want A Law To Deal With Those Who Employ Illegals’

As a student, Sarbananda Sonowal, 53, was at the forefront of the AASU-led agitation against illegal immigrants in Assam. It was also his petition that prompted the Supreme Court to declare the IMDT Act unconstitutional in 2005. After taking over as CM last month, Sonowal vowed to seal the Bangladesh border within two years. He spoke to Dola Mitra. Excerpts:

What steps do you plan to take to prevent further illegal migration?

We are working in tandem with the Cen­tre to achieve complete sealing of the border. Plans are on the anvil to beef up the border wing of Assam police. We plan to set up ideal villages along the border, inhabited by ex-servicemen, in order to assist police and security forces. We will also enact a law to sternly deal with industries, businesses, SMEs or any other agencies employing infiltrators.

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