Shillong, Sept. 26: The Meghalaya government today appealed to pressure groups who are demanding the implementation of inner-line permit (ILP) regime in the state to be “patient” while reiterating its commitment to tackle lawbreakers with a firm hand.
In an official communiqué issued by commissioner and secretary (political department) Jopthiaw Lyngdoh here this evening, it said the state government would shortly engage with the public to ensure that core problems of influx and illegal immigration are appropriately analysed and addressed.
“In doing so, a reasonable period of time is required and the interested groups should understand these considerations and adopt a patient attitude,” Lyngdoh said.
He also said the issue of influx and illegal infiltration is being addressed in a “timely and an integrated manner” through legislative measures and strengthening of existing enforcement mechanisms.
While condemning the cowardly attacks using crude petrol bombs on private property and business establishments, Lyngdoh said the government would deal with such cases with a firm hand in keeping with its constitutional obligations to ensure peace and a secure environment. Till date, he said, 49 persons have been arrested in connection with various cases that have already been registered.
“The occurrence of violent incidents will only jeopardise the life and property of the citizens and create unnecessary tension in the minds of the people. The government appeals to all the citizens to firmly denounce such criminal acts, and to assist the law-enforcing machinery,” Lyngdoh added.