Sikh24.com – Shillong High Court upholds relief for residents of Punjabi Lane area

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Shillong – Meghalaya – India, 20 June 2019. Taking up the petition against Shillong Municipal Board’s move of serving notices to the Sikhs living in the Punjabi Lane area, the Shillong High Court has sought a reply from the Meghalaya state government in the form of an affidavit. The High Court has also upheld the relief granted to the Shillong resident Sikhs till next orders.

It may be recalled here that the Shillong Municipal Board had served notices 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.

Sharing the development with media, DSGMC’s legal cell head Advocate Jagdeep Singh Kahlon informed that the petition was taken up for hearing on June 18. “During the hearing, the advocate general of Meghalaya government told the Court that neither the Meghalaya state government is harassing residents of the Punjabi lane area nor they are being evacuated from there,” he said.

He further informed that the Court has directed the Meghalaya state government to submit its reply in the form of an affidavit.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Shillong High Court also conducted hearing on the review petition filed by the Meghalaya government against relief granted to the residents of Punjabi lane area.

During the debate over this review petition, the Harijan Panchayat Committee, the City Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the DSGMC told the Court that the Meghalaya state government doesn’t have any right over the land of Punjabi lane area as this land was allotted to these residents by the King around 200 years ago.

Shillong High Court Upholds Relief for Residents of Punjabi Lane Area

Sikh24.com – 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