Militants in the guise of migrant workers: Kerala works on a new law

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 9: The arrest of a hardened militant of the North East cadre in Kerala has prompted the state to sit up and take notice. A couple of days back, the Kerala police had arrested Lidion Basumatry alias Dimga from Kozhikode. He was later handed over to the Assam police.

However, the point that is being pondered over here is that Dimga had entered into Kerala and sought refuge posing as a migrant worker.

Kerala on alert after militant's arrest

The Kerala police have encountered a similar situation in the past as well when one Indian Mujahideen operative, Waqas who is of Pakistan origin had also sought refuge under the guise of a migrant worker.

New laws to be implemented

With these incidents being reported and the Kerala police suspecting that there could be many more such persons, it has decided to implement new laws relating to migrant workers.

Today there are around 25 lakh migrant workers in Kerala and the state feels that if new laws are not implemented then the genuine workers will be at risk.

Moreover such incidents have also started off a trend where the people have started generalising the migrant workers and terming each one of them as an anti social or a militant. The new law proposes to prepare a registry for such workers.

While all their details would be part of the registry, the law also proposes to use the migrant workers to watch over the others.

The migrant workers normally comes with their entire family. Most of them are familiar with each other and if there is a suspicious element, the migrant workers would be allowed to report about it. This would give the police the required help to nab such a person.

Moreover it will also instill faith of the local into the migrant worker who will not be seen as an anti national. The project is now in a preliminary stage in Kerala and over the next couple of months it would be implemented across the state.

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