Security forces have arrested at least 10 suspected Bangladeshis in Meghalaya as student organisations, expressing concern over repeated attacks by terrorists in the country, have mounted pressure on the state government to curb the illegal influx.
The Army nabbed two suspected Bangladeshis - Hussain Miya and Dilbar Hussain - at Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills while they were on their way to Guwahati from Kurigram in Bangladesh on Friday. Counterfiet currency notes of the face value of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination, mobile handsets and Bangladeshi bus tickets were seized from them, police said.
In another incident, eight suspected illegal migrants were arrested at Nongpoh when they were going to Jaintia Hills to work in a cement plant, police said on Saturday.
Expressing fears that militants from across the border could slip into Meghalaya in the guise of migrant labourers, Khasi Students Union, general secretary Hamlet Dohling asked the state government to introduce the work permit system for laboureres soon and strengthen manning of the infiltration check-gates.
The Garo Students Union has also asked the government to set up additional check gates in the vulnerable areas as they cautioned that infiltrators were swamping the plain belts of Garo hills leading to unrest and insecurity in the region.
Both the organizations said they would deploy its own members at the check gates if the police failed to take adequate steps. Police have also intensified vigil and frisking across the state, placing several vulnerable places in the state under scanner.