Controversy in Shillong: Pro-ILP Activists Arrested Amid Document Checks

A pro-ILP activist in Shillong was arrested for unauthorised document checks on migrant labourers. This follows the Meghalaya Home Department filing cases against several activists. The state mandates registration for migrant workers and prohibits unauthorised document checks. The Khasi Students' Union continues to demand the implementation of the Inner Line Permit in Meghalaya.

Devdiscourse News Desk | Shillong | Updated: 11-07-2024 16:04 IST | Created: 11-07-2024 16:04 IST
Controversy in Shillong: Pro-ILP Activists Arrested Amid Document Checks
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A pro-ILP activist was arrested in Shillong on Thursday for unauthorized checks of migrant laborers' documents, according to officials.

This incident follows the filing of four cases by the Meghalaya Home Department against pro-ILP activists in two districts for similar activities.

One case under Section 126 (2) (wrongful restraint) and Section 351 (criminal intimidation) of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita was filed in Ri-Bhoi district, and three other cases were filed in East Khasi Hills district, which includes Shillong.

A senior home department official told PTI, 'We have registered four cases against pro-ILP activists for checking the registration of migrant laborers across the state.'

The state government mandates that migrant laborers register with the Labor Department under various provisions of the Interstate Workmen Act 1979 and the Meghalaya Identification, Registration (Safety & Security) of Migrant Workers Rules 2020.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma affirmed the requirement for registration but emphasized that no individual or organization has the authority to check workers' papers, indicating that unauthorized checks would result in police action.

The Khasi Students' Union, advocating for the Inner Line Permit, disclosed that over 300 unregistered migrant laborers had been detected despite state police checks. Last week, an ILP check gate erected by KSU activists at Byrnihat was dismantled by the Ri-Bhoi district administration.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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