M’laya govt yet to get details of plight of Khasi residents in Atukhal

SHILLONG, Nov 30: Meghalaya Home Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui today said that the state government was yet to get details of the incident wherein Khasi residents in Assam’s Cachar district were threatened by members of the Hmar Peoples’ Convention – Democratic (HPC-D).

“How it all started we cannot say anything at the moment before making any comments we will have to know the reason,” Rymbui said.

It may be mentioned that last week, the (HPC D) demanded Rs 8 lakh from the Khasi residents of Cachar District, Assam.

The demand follows a series of circumstances which led to the arrest of three HPC-D members by Assam Police recently.

The organisation has reportedly held the Khasi residents of Atukhal, Cachar district in Assam, responsible for the arrests and threatened to shoot them.

According to the Home Minister as far as his knowledge the Assam police and the district administration visited the place of occurrence for first hand information.

When asked if the Meghalaya government will send a delegation to the area to learn more about the incident, Rymbui stated that although they are Khasis, but they are citizens of Assam.

“As a government we cannot just to go there like that because there is a certain procedure. If they are staying in that place it means they are citizens of Assam and therefore first and foremost, the state government will have to ensure their safety,” Rymbui added.

He also said that as a Home Minister he will take up the matter with the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma so that he can pursue the matter with Assam government.

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