From Our Correspondent
TURA: Reiterating the Government’s stance against perpetrators who had incited communal violence through text messages during the recent upheaval at Rajabala and its surrounding areas, Home Minister, HDR Lyngdoh, in a public meeting held at Chokchokia, Rajabala, said that anybody found guilty of orchestrating such disturbances between communities would be dealt with stringent action against them.
Lyngdoh, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary in charge Home and Police, Abdus Saleh and Parliamentary Secretary in charge Food and Civil Supplies, Samuel Sangma, on Wednesday attended a public meeting held at Chokchokia under Selsella C&RD Block to take stock of the recent upheaval in the plain belt areas of Rajabala in West Garo Hills.
Interacting with the public at the meeting, Lyngdoh said that any perpetrator found guilty of inciting communal violence in the region would be dealt with in accordance with the law of the land and that no compromise would be made regarding their prosecution.
Urging the people of the region to live harmoniously as they did earlier prior to the nations’ independence, Lyngdoh implored upon the masses to continue living together as ‘sons of the same soil’ and ‘forgive and forget’ for the prosperity of the region.
No community should feel neglected because the Government is all out to support its people, said Lyngdoh and stressed that peace and harmony was essential to bring about development in the region through unhindered execution of various government schemes meant for the benefit of the people.
Commending the administration and the people of the region for their efforts to bring about normalcy in the region, Lyngdoh, said that the Government was taking serious note of the situation. He also mentioned that Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma was personally looking into the matter, adding that a magisterial enquiry had been initiated by the government to nab the perpetrators.
Regarding the curfew imposed in the region he informed that it was for their own security and urged them to take nothing for granted as mischievous elements were still at large.
Several thousand people from Chokchokia, Rajabala and surrounding areas attended the meeting impressing the Home Minister who expressed his contentment in seeing such participation by the people of all the communities affected by the recent spate of violence brought about by misunderstanding amongst different communities residing in the region.
Among others present at the meeting were IGP, Western Range, FD Sangma, Additional DGP, Rajiv Mehta, West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Pravin Bakshi, West Garo Hills Superintendent of Police, MK Singh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, CN Sangma and Additional Deputy Commissioner, PK Boro.