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Gorkhas join anti-influx movement

Kohima, Nov. 8: The Gorkhas in Nagaland have decided to join the drive against illegal migrants in the state.

In a statement issued today, the Dimapur Gorkha Union said illegal Bangladeshis have become the biggest threat to society in Nagaland. The statement has come after the rape and murder of a Nepali woman on November 2 at Medziphema town allegedly by an illegal immigrant.

Dipak Lama, chairman of disciplinary action committee of the Gorkha Union, said they would be the frontrunner in supporting the government and Naga organisations to eradicate Bangladeshis from the state. He said activities like witchcraft, theft, smuggling of drugs, prostitution, rape and murder committed by the Bangladeshis has to be seriously dealt with.

Lama said Gorkhas were recognised throughout the world for their bravery, honesty, hospitality, generosity and simplicity but illegal migrants have been underestimating them. “It is high time and enough is enough! Now we must come out on the streets and help the state government and the NGOs until we wipe out these viruses,” the statement said.

He said organisations should not wait for the state government to act but all must join hands with the government to check influx of Bangladeshis in Nagaland.

The Naga Council said it would intensify checking of all immigrants and has sought support and co-operation from all quarters. The Dimapur Muslim Council also said it would extend all possible support to Naga organisations and the state government to detect Bangladeshis.