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Will take ‘unjust’ steps with Union Home Minister to ‘evict’ Sikhs living in Shillong: Punjab Deputy CM

By PTI

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Sunday said that he will take the Union Home Minister’s alleged move of the Meghalaya government to “evict” Sikhs living in Shillong.

Days after the Meghalaya cabinet approved a proposal to relocate “illegal settlers” from Them Iw Mawlong area of ​​Shillong, the Harijan Panchayat Samiti (HPC), which represents members of the Sikh community there, has said that She will “fight tooth and nail” to stop the government from campaigning.

The Meghalaya State Cabinet took the decision on the basis of a recommendation made by a High Level Committee (HLC) headed by Deputy Chief Minister Preston Tynsong earlier this week.

According to an official statement, Randhawa said he opposes the Meghalaya government’s decision to “evict Sikhs living in Shillong” and has decided to take up the matter with the Union Home Minister and the Chief Minister of Meghalaya.

Two years ago, a delegation of the Punjab government led by Randhawa had visited Shillong and met members of the Sikh community living there and assured them at that time as well that it would be vocal about any move against their displacement. will oppose.

Randhawa strongly opposed the latest move of the Meghalaya government, saying that eviction of Sikhs is completely unjust.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that Sikhs have been living in Shillong for decades and the Punjab government strongly opposes this decision to displace them.

He said that the civil rights of these Sikhs who have been living in Shillong for more than 200 years will not be allowed to be trampled on at any cost.

Randhawa alleged that the BJP-led NDA government has failed to instill a sense of security and trust among minorities across the country, who are feeling insecure, the latest examples of which can be seen in Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh.

HPC Secretary Gurjit Singh said on Saturday that the organization representing the interests of hundreds of Dalit Sikh families living in Them Iw Mawlong area or Punjabi Gali for the past several years has rejected the report of the high-level committee.

Singh had also said that his organization has vowed to “fight tooth and nail for the rights of the people living in the area till their last breath”.

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