Shillong unrest: Punjab Govt’s delegation meets Conrad to get first-hand info on Sikhs’ safety in city


By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, June 4, 218: 

The four-member committee of the Punjab Government headed by Minister of Jail and Cooperation, Sukhjinder Randhawa today met Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to know the ground reality of the prevailing law and order situation in Shillong city.

Talking to media persons after meeting the Meghalaya CM, Randhawa said that they have been told by the Meghalaya Chief Minister that the situation is under control.

"We have been assured by the Chief Minister that the Government is taking all possible measures to ensure the security of the Sikh community in Meghalaya," he said.tection He said that the basic objective of this visit is to know the ground reality and to find out if there is any truth in the news reports which are spreading through the social media.

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"We would not like to see that there is a wrong interpretation on the misinformation spread through the social media. We would like to see that the peace and harmony which are prevailing in Meghalaya is not disturbed," Minister of Jail and Cooperation said.

He said that the Meghalaya CM also told them that the reports which were spread have no truth in it.

According to Randhawa, the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt. Amarinder Singh had spoken to the CM of Meghalaya to know the facts that had led to this problem.

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"This four-member committee was sent by the Punjab Chief Minister to understand the ground situation prevailing here in the city," he said, adding, "We would brief the CM on the outcome of meeting with the Meghalaya CM,"

Stressing on the need to maintain peace and harmony, he also said that there are students from Meghalaya who are studying in Punjab and they will not like to see any kind of untoward incident to them.

"We will be sending a clear message that the Sikh people in Meghalaya are getting all the required support from the Government," Minister of Jail and Cooperation said.

He also said that Punjab had faced the problem of terrorism but they had never faced any communal violence.

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"We would not like to see that there is communal disharmony. We would be meeting the Sikh people residing in Punjabi Line tomorrow and urged them to try to promote peace and harmony," Randhawa said.

 On the demand to relocate the land, he said that the Sikh community claimed that they have a stay order from the court on the matter of shifting them from the present location.

"We would not be able to relocate them immediately. This is a long process and let the court gives its final verdict," he said.

Echoing similar views, Congress MP from Punjab, Gurjeet Singh said that the matter of relocating is subjudice adding that the CM assured that he would take a decision in the best interest of both sides.