SHILLONG, June 06: National Commission for Minorities (NCM) member Manjit Singh Rai on Wednesday said relocation of Sikh population from Them Iew Mawlong or Sweeper’s Lane is not ‘feasible’.
Rai had a serious of meetings with senior state government officials including reviewing the law and order situation with Chief Secretary Y Tsering, Home Principal Secretary M S Rao and Director General of Police S B Singh. Earlier in the day, he also visited the Punjabi Lane at Them Iew Mawlong to interact with the local Sikh population there.
Speaking to reporters a, he said, “It is not feasible to relocate someone from the present location to another place.”
According to him, the Sikh population at Sweeper’s Lane has been living in that place for more than 100 years. He also opined that the situation in the state capital is going to be normal within a few days.
“The (Punjabi) community is living peacefully. The situation will be normal within few days,” Rai told media persons after the series of meetings with the state government, adding “I reviewed the whole situation and from the point of law and order, it was well maintained by the state government. I will present the report tomorrow (before the Commission).”
Rai also called on Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma who assured him that the government machinery is in place to ensure safety for everyone and that everything will pass off.
According to the Commission member, a small altercation had taken place at Punjabi Lane and while a compromise has been affected by the two parties, “mischievous people” created rumours and disturbed peace.
The indefinite curfew clamped in Punjabi Lane and 13 other localities within Lumdiengjri Police Station and Cantonment Beat House has been relaxed from 7 AM till 2 PM from Thursday and there was no report of any untoward incident, East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Peter S Dkhar said.
He said the night curfew imposed in the entire city on Tuesday from 4 pm till 5 am on Wednesday morning has also been relaxed by two hours from Wednesday and the new timing will be from 6 PM to 5 AM.
The authorities had to promulgated curfew in the entire city after intelligence inputs indicated that protesters from outside the city had entered the state capital with an intention to disturb peace, Dkhar said.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has appealed for peace as the current situation has affected everyone.