– Shillong’s Punjabi Lane: Meghalaya government ensures safety of Sikhs

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New Delhi – India, 14 June 2019. On June 13, the Meghalaya’s chief secretary P S Thangkhiew presented the state government’s report about Shillong’s Punjabi lane area dispute to the MHA officials in which he has assured the safety of Sikhs living in the Punjab lane area of Shillong.

Notably, the Ministry of Home Affairs had summoned the Meghalaya government on the complaint of Shiromani Akali Dal when a banned militant organization Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) had threatened the Sikhs living in the Punjabi lane area.

Sharing the development with media, DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa informed that he has apprised the MHA’s joint secretary about the issue in detail and its possible solutions. “We have told the MHA that the safety of our community residing in Shillong is our primary concern today,” he added.

“We have been ensured by the MHA officials that they were taking up the issue very seriously and if needed, they will also summon the Meghalaya’s CM Conrad K. Sangma,” Sirsa said while expressing hope for a clean and clear solution to the problem.

Sirsa further informed that the MHA officials have ordered the Meghalaya government to keep the issue on standby mode till Court’s final orders or taking up the issue with them.

“A delegation of DSGMC held a meeting with Ministry of Home Affairs Officials regarding Shillong matter. They apprised us that the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya Govt has shared a report about the situation and the solution. The Chief Minister of Meghalaya Sangma Conrad Ji has been kind enough to monitor the situation constantly and personally.

He has informed MHA that he will be holding a meeting with all stakeholders in next week to find a befitting solution. CM Sangma also assured us that Sikhs/Punjabis of Shillong have nothing to fear about,” Sirsa wrote from his Facebook wall.

Shillong’s Punjabi Lane: Meghalaya Government Ensures Safety of Sikhs – Shillong’s Punjabi Lane Area dispute: Meghalaya’s Chief Secretary summoned by Indian Home Ministry

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New Dehi – India, 13 June 2019. Acting on the complaint lodged by DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the Union Home Ministry of India has summoned Meghalaya’s Chief Secretary PS Thangkhiew. Notably, Sirsa had sought Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s intervention following a threat to the Shillong resident Sikhs by a banned militant organization, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).

Confirming the development, the Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mr Prestone Tynsong has said that the state chief secretary PS Thangkhiew will present all details of the issue to the Home Ministry officials today. He added that the Principal Secretary (Urban Affairs) would also accompany the Chief Secretary.

It is pertinent to note here that the Shillong Municipal Board has recently served notice to the residents of the Punjabi lane area asking them to produce documents proving their legal right over the respective properties, they own in concerned area.

Beside it, the banned militant organization of Meghalaya named Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (abbreviated HNLC) has also threatened the Sikhs living in the Punjabi lane area of Shillong.

Shillong’s Punjabi Lane Area Dispute: Meghalaya’s Chief Secretary Summoned by Indian Home Ministry

The Tribune – Ensure safety of Sikhs in Shillong: SGPC to Centre

The SGPC has appealed to the Union Home Ministry for ensuring the safety of the Sikhs in Shillong, Meghalaya.

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 11 June 2019. Following the threat by the banned organisation Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), Sikh body Harijan Panchayat Committee in Shillong has also approached Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma for the safety of the Sikh families who have been residing there for the past two centuries.

Ironically, the Shillong Municipal Board has also served a notice on the Sikh residents of Harijan Colony to establish their ownership rights or vacate the place. A few days back, HNLC activists had threatened the colony residents to face consequences if they dare to contest the municipal board’s notice in the court.

Gurdwara Bara Bazar management committee chief Gurjeet Singh said after the threat, tension had prevailed among the Sikh families as they were attacked earlier too.

The SGPC has decided to send a delegation to Shillong.

Gobind Singh Longowal, SGPC president, said an appeal had been made to Home Minister Amit Shah and the Home Secretary too. “The delegation will also meet Meghalaya CM.”