The Punjabi community here on
Wednesday urged Governor Tathagata Roy to disband a state
governemnt formed panel, headed by the deputy chief minister,
for allegedly issuing orders with an intent to displace
members of the community.
Leaders of the Harijan Panchayat Committee, an
organisation representing the community, also requested Roy to
take proactive steps to ensure that the authorities provide
land pattas to the 218 Sikh families living in the area.
The government set up a high level committee headed by
Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tyngsong to consider all
aspects of the violence that took place earlier this year.
The High Level Committee "has been issuing illegal
orders for survey of properties of the poor Sikhs to the
Shillong Municipal Board with the intention of dislocation of
Sikhs," Harijan Panchayat Committee chairman Gurjit Singh said
in a memorandum submitted to the governor.
The High Level Committee has been acting in a biased
and malafide manner, he alleged.
The delegation informed the Governor that the Sikhs
came from Punjab more than two centuries ago to serve the army
here and became part and parcel of this society over the
Although non-indigenous people do not have the rights
to own land in the state, the community urged the governor of
their struggle for right to live and right to housing.
The delegation also requested the Governor to direct
the state government to officially name the area as "Punjabi
Currently the area where the Punjabi community people
live here is known as Sweepers' Colony.
Meghalaya government recently expressed unhappiness
with the decision of the Punjab government approving Rs 60
lakh compensation to the Sikh community residing here who were
affected during the violence in June.
On May 29 this year, clashes erupted when a bus driver
and his friend were attacked at the Sweepers Colony area and
they received injuries. As rumours of the assaulted victims
dying in hospital spread on social media, people attacked the
residents following which the entire area was put under curfew
for over a month.
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