The Khasi Students' Union (KSU) has sought the intervention of the Deputy Chief Minister in charge of Home (Police) Prestone Tynsong for immediate removal of the BSF personnel from Amlarem village, which is far away from the international border with Bangladesh.
"We have requested the Deputy Chief Minister to ensure immediate removal of the BSF personnel, who are illegally present at Amlarem market," KSU West Jaintia Hills District Unit president Laitphar Syngkrem told reporters after a meeting here today.
He alleged that the BSF has been harassing local people and seizing their goods and said, "We strongly condemned the action of the BSF by conducting illegal checking on local residents of Amlarem and adjoining areas."
Stating BSF are supposed to be guarding the international border, Syngkrem however reminded that Amlarem is a village which is quite far away from the international border and that it is illegal for the BSF to conduct checking on local people.
The present of the BSF personnel at Amlarem has been for the past six months.
"Earlier, we had submitted a complaint before the deputy commissioner and SDO but no action has been taken in this regard. This has compelled us to take up the issue with the deputy chief minister for immediate action," Syngkrem said.
When asked, the KSU WJHDU president said, "The deputy chief minister has directed the deputy commissioner to take necessary action on the matter."
He however warned if the government fails to address the grievance of the people, the Union will have no other option but to take stern decision on the matter.
Further, Syngkrem alleged that local peole who are going for marketing in Dawki were made to obtain permission from the commandant of the BSF otherwise their goods will be seized and taken to the BSF camp.
"We also want to question the BSF for allowing illegal Bangladeshi to carry out illegal trade and businesses at Dawki market," he said.
Meanwhile, the KSU WJHDU has also demanded the government to immediately repair the deplorable Jowai Bypass. Due to this, small vehicles can no longer the road and were force to enter Jowai town thereby causing huge traffic congestion.
Syngkrem informed that the deputy chief minister, who is also looking after PWD (Road), has assured to look into the matter at the earliest.