Shillong: The Khasi Students’ Union on Monday demanded the immediate removal of Border Security Force (BSF) camps from Sonapyrpdi, Ratecherra and Hingaria villages in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, alleging that the border guards were harassing the villagers.
In a memorandum submitted to Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Home, Prestone Tynsong, the KSU East Jaintia Hills Unit said the local population in the three villages experiencing various forms of harassment at the hands of the BSF troopers stationed at the camp.
“The instances of harassment range from undue interrogations, frequent vehicle searches, intimidation tactics, and disrespect towards the local community,” KSU President Streamly N Suchen said, recalling that the BSF troopers had also attacked a student from Huroi village while he was on his way to school.
He said such unwanted actions instil fear and insecurity among the residents and had affected their daily lives and overall well-being.
For this, the KSU requested the Deputy Chief Minister to take immediate action to remove this illegal BSF Camps and relocate the BSF troopers to the remote areas along the India-Bangladesh border and also to take cognisance of the atrocities committed by the BSF troopers.
Voicing serious concerns over the flow of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants to East Jaintia Hills district, the students’ body demanded for setting up of an additional anti-infiltration check gate along the NH 6 at Tongseng village to curb the entry of illegal Bangladesh immigrants to the State.
The KSU also sought the intervention of Tynsong, who also hold PWD (Roads) portfolio, on the deplorable condition of the NH-6.