Meghalaya panel for relocation of Shillong Sikhs to submit report on Friday

Shubhadeep Choudhury

Tribune News Service

Kolkata, August 27

Meghalaya authorities’s newest try to evict Dalit Sikhs from Harijan Colony situated on the coronary heart of state capital Shillong is all set to achieve contemporary momentum on Friday when a sub-committee headed by city affairs minister Hamletson Dohling will submit its report back to the High-Level committee shaped by the state authorities to recommend measures for relocating the Sikh residents of the world.

The challenge has raised heckles in Punjab with the Congress-led state authorities sending a delegation to Shillong final 12 months below minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to take up the matter with Meghalaya authorities.

The Punjab authorities step was preceded by a go to to Shillong by a SGPC group from Amritsar who met Meghalaya Home Minister James Sangma and urged him to cease the makes an attempt being made to “relocate” the Sikh residents of Harijan Colony.

Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, chief of the High-Level Committee (HLC), arrange the sub-committee below Dohling to take up with the “Hima Mylliem”, a standard Khasi tribal establishment, the difficulty of the land inhabited by the Harijan Colony residents.

The National People’s Party (NPP)-led authorities of Meghalaya, which enjoys help of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had constituted the High-Level Committee in June 2018.

Receipt of the report from Dohling-led sub-committee is predicted to be adopted by the HLC submitting its suggestions to the state authorities with out additional delay.

According to Gurjit Singh, chief of Harijan Panchayat Committee and a spokesman of the Dalit Sikhs of Shillong’s Harijan Colony, the land in query was granted to a bunch of individuals (ancestors of the present residents) by the then tribal chief of the world greater than 150 years again.

Disregarding the historical past of the settlement, the Shillong Municipal Board and different official companies at the moment are asking for proof of particular person possession of the plots and ramshackle constructions utilized by the Dalit Sikhs as residences. “This is foolish”, says Gurjit Singh.

So far the courts have at all times upheld the Sikhs’ proper over the world. This has prompted the state authorities to strategy the “Hima Mylliem” and discover methods to revoke the order by the then tribal chief granting the land to the Dalit Sikhs multiple and a half century again.

Located near Shillong’s two prime business districts – Police Bazaar and Burra Bazaaar – the world constituting Harijan Colony has immense potential for growth as a prime of the road enterprise district. 

According to Gurjit Singh, the ancestors of Dalit Sikhs dwelling within the colony had come primarily from Gurdaspur space of Punjab.

Violent techniques to intimidate the residents together with menace by a terror group, preceded by a mob assault and even the homicide of 1 Lal Singh in 1995 by thugs masquerading as Khasi protesters had didn’t drive away the Sikhs from Shillong’s Harijan Colony.

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