Punjabi Lane incident going northward as sympathizers warn northeasterners

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, June 03: The small altercation at Sweeper’s Lane in Them Metor which has spiraled into severe Law and order breakdown situation due to massive agitation has taken a political turn of late, according to the peace loving citizens of the state and independent observers, at large. The incident, which occurred last Thursday, hasn’t doused in yet and several incidents are reported from various localities of the city.
Of late, the fallout of the incident can be traced to other parts of the state, too. However, given the “frivolous” matter and the resultant spurting of incidents is not going too well with the people of the state and there are observations that vested interests are trying to upset the incumbent government in the aftermath of the recent bypoll in Ampati and the last assembly elections in the state.

Independent political observers are of the opinion that a “common” incident, such as this, cannot go to this height until and unless it is fuelled by vested interests. They observed that there are several such incidences that are taking place on a daily basis and why this one has been “singled out”. They feel that the timing of the incident with the Ampati bypoll results cannot be misjudged, at all. There are also observations that when the SP (City) had resolved the matter in the Cantonment Beat House on the day of the incident itself, how come the matter emerged again in the evening and take this violent turn and magnitude. The peace loving citizens of the town are wary of the situation going out of control and more so, since there are many tribals from the state who are working and studying in mainland India.
It is alleged that aggrieved legislators from the opposition camp are fuelling the current crisis. Home Minister, James Sangma has said last week that he does not want to speculate on whether the incidents are political or not but all eyes are on him now since it is seen that after assuming this portfolio there are few militant groups who have come overground. When asked, indigenous residents from Jaiaw, Motphran, Mawkhar and other affected areas, who are witnessing a Kashmir type situation with stone pelting on security forces and rest of it, alleged that those who are involved in creating commotion and crimes in the society are sourced from remote corners of the state.
Their cause of concern is reasonable and justified to the fact that there are rising apprehensions about the targeted Punjabi community at Shillong emerging from few Northern Indian states. And these issues are floating in the social media, thick and fast.
An educationist from the city, who is teaching at the national capital, told this daily that the Punjabi communities in New Delhi and Haryana have raised serious concerns about the plight of their brethren here in the city. The educationist said that sympathizers of the targeted community here have warned that they would be forced to target the indigenous people from Meghalaya who are working in sizeable numbers in Gurgaon and the national capital if their “owns” are targeted in the northeast.
The same social media, which has circulated severe bogus information about the Thursday incident here in the city, has been used in issuing this stern warning by sympathizers from Northern India, according to the educationist.
At the moment, the state government has imposed an indefinite night curfew to contain the situation. According to reports, some women from Punjabi Lane fetching water from a public tap got into an altercation with the teen aged son and nephews of an SPTS city bus driver, who had parked his vehicle awkwardly.


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