Public delegation meets Meghalaya CM on Shillong situation, seeks swift response

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma, senior ministers, stakeholders and public leaders called for peace in Shillong which has been hit by clashes since May 31.

Chief minister Conrad K Sangma, along with various ministers and village headmen, participated in a meeting at the state secretariat on June 2 to discuss the prevailing law and order situation at Motphran and all the adjoining areas of Mawkhar.

An official release stated that both the government and the delegation shared common concern about the ongoing law and order situation in Shillong. “The headmen spoke at length regarding the hardships faced by the local and genuine residents of the area and requested the government to immediately withdraw the police force from entering the localities and firing tear gas inside people’s compound or houses,” the government release stated.

The home minister informed the stakeholders that the police force had till now exercised maximum restraint and would continue to do so. The minister also informed the delegation that as per the demands made by the agitators, one person directly involved in the assault had already been arrested on Friday afternoon and that he was currently under police custody for further investigations.

“A lot of other issues were brought up during the course of the meeting where few other headmen raised the issue of curfew timings and that proper announcement should be made so that the public are given proper awareness,” the release noted.

The delegation also sought for the removal and rehabilitation of the inhabitants of the Sweeper Lane. “The chief minister informed the delegation that he had already sought for reports from all the concerned departments about the present status of the case regarding rehabilitation. After going through the reports, the government would take necessary steps,” the government release said.

The delegation was led by local MLA Adelbert Nongrum who was taking initiative for bringing back peace and normalcy in the city.

Meghalaya home minister James K Sangma, health minister AL Hek, tourism minister Metbah Lyngdoh, sports minister Banteidor Lyngdoh along with Adelbert Nongrum and Rangbah Shnongs (headmen) of Mawkhar, Jaiaw, Wahingdoh, Umsohsun, Riatsamthiah, Jaiaw Pdeng, Mission Compound along with several senior citizens and youth leaders were among the participants of the meeting.

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