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Khasi outfit warns Punjab govt against interference

Shubhadeep Choudhury                                                                     

Press Reporter News Service

Kolkata, January 10

Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC), a youth organisation of Meghalaya which claims to characterize the curiosity of the native Khasi tribe, has warned Punjab authorities towards interfering within the concern of relocation of Dalit Sikhs residing in Meghalaya capital Shillong’s Harijan Colony.

In a press release issued in Shillong, HYC president Robertjune Kharjahrin warned of significant repercussions if “exterior businesses” attempt to give the proposed relocation a communal color. Kharjahrin clarified that by “exterior businesses” he meant Punjab authorities primarily.

State authorities of Punjab had strongly protested when numerous Khasi curiosity teams – starting from the rebel group HNLC to the state authorities run by a coalition that features BJP – tried to arm-twist the Dalit Sikhs residing in Harijan Colony to vacate the realm.

The stand taken by Punjab authorities to defend the hapless residents of Harijan Colony has not gone down properly with the HYC and different Khasi parochial organisations which proliferate in Meghalaya.

HYC mentioned relocation of Harijan Colony residents needs to be considered from the developmental perspective. “We’re asking the surface businesses one final time to chorus from making it a communal concern. Including gasoline to the fireplace might as soon as once more result in agitations and legislation and order issues,” the assertion, issued by Kharjahrin at Shillong on Sunday, mentioned.

Kharjahrin demanded that solely state authorities staff among the many Harijan Colony residents needs to be relocated and the opposite “unlawful residents” evicted.

“There isn’t any hurt if the legit staff are shifted to state authorities quarters. However I don’t understand how lodging may be supplied to Grade four staff when the federal government has not been ready to take action for Grade 1 & 2 staff,” the assertion quoted the HYC president as having mentioned.

In accordance with HYC, there have been no data to ascertain that the Dalit Sikh residents of Harijan Colony had been house owners of their residences.

“The realm may be redeveloped for a shopping center, or a car parking zone or a warehouse for storing coal. Utilising the realm commercially can maintain the poor folks and farmers,” Kharjahrin mentioned.

Dalit Sikhs residents of Punjabi Lane declare residing within the space for a number of generations as their forefathers had been delivered to the hill city by the British for working as sweepers.

An incident of assault within the space in 2018 had resulted in group clashes following which the neighbourhood was put below curfew for over a month.

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