SHILLONG, Jun 11: Residents of Malki locality in the city on Monday took out a “Prayer Congregation Amid Peace March” to urge the High-Level Committee (HLC) to speed up the relocation of the residents of Sweeper’s Colony at Them ïew Mawlong.
At the same time the peace march urged for normalcy to return to the city.
“We want to express our solidarity with our bretherens living on the other side of the city. Although we did not face difficulties like they did during the protests when tear gas was used or when curfew was imposed,” Malki Rangbah Shnong H.P.O. Dohling said.
Dohling also said that recently he had met the Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on the need to shift the residents but he cautioned that issue was not simple since the demands has been going on for years and the matter has also gone for litigation.
Dohling also said that apart from the demand to remove the residents from Sweeper’s Colony during his meeting with trhe Chief Minister he had also urged the government to release the protesters if nopthing concrete is found against them.
Meanwhile, W. Kharsyntiew, a member of the Seng Samla Malki said, “We are hopeful that through the High Level Committee the governmenbt will find out ways and means to shift the residents of Sweeper’s Colony so that peace can be restorted.”.
It may be mentioned that the “Prayer Congregation Amid Peace March” was organised by the Seng Samla Malki.
Prior to the march, church leaders led the congregation in prayer. Later the people narched from Madan Malki till Barik and then back.