Punjab

PUNJAB CM DEPUTES 4-MEMBER TEAM TO RUSH TO SHILLONG AMID REPORTS OF CONTINUED THREAT TO SAFETY OF SIKHS

June 03, 2018 06:40 PM

   SUKJINDER RANDHAWA & OTHERS TO LEAVE FOR MEGHALAYA ON MONDAY MORNING TO ASSESS SITUATION

 

Chandigarh (JS Kaler)

Seriously concerned about reports of security threats to the Dalit Sikhs in Shillong, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has decided to rush a four-member team, headed by Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa, to the Meghalayan capital.

The team will make a ground assessment of the situation in the troubled areas of Shillong and extend all possible help to the Sikh community there, an official spokesperson said on Sunday.

The Chief Minister has directed the team, which has MPs Gurjit Aujla and Ravneet Bittu and MLA Kuldip Singh Vaid as its other members, to leave for Shillong on Monday morning.

Captain Amarinder Singh has sought the Meghalayan Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s cooperation in facilitating the team’s visit, and ensuring their access to the areas from where reports of tension or trouble are coming in, said the spokesperson.

Amid reports of simmering tension, the Chief Minister has also urged Sangma to provide full protection and safety for the Sikh community and their religious institutions in the state, said the spokesperson.

The Chief Minister’s decision to send a team to Shillong was triggered by reports that, despite the Meghalayan Chief Minister’s personal assurance, the situation was still not under control and had the potential of escalating further, said the spokesperson.

Captain Amarinder Singh has offered all possible help to the Meghalayan government in ensuring the security of the Dalit Sikhs, whose ancestors were reportedly brought to Shillong during the British era. The Chief Minister said, if necessary, the Centre should intervene to defuse the communal tensions in which the Sikhs in Shillong are caught.

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