Questioning the intention of the people who had recently filed a petition before the Governor alleging atrocities against non-tribals in the state, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday said he fears maybe these people have some malign intention.
“I fail to understand why they have to go directly to the Governor. That is a big question. I am afraid maybe these people have some malign intention,” Tynsong told reporters after a review meeting.
In their representation to the Governor, Satya Pal Malik on October 15, the petitioners – Prantush Sarkar, Mridul Das, and Binayak Roy had alleged atrocities by the NGOs and the district council against non-tribal residing in Ichamati and Bholaganj areas in East Khasi Hills District.
They also alleged that there have been tremendous efforts made by the state machinery to stop the Hindu population from earning their livelihood so that they become bound to leave the state.
Tynsong, however, said the petitioners should have come to the state government or the district administration and if not, to the civil sub-division as “we do have the administration closer to the people in that area.”
Asked if the government will take against the petitioners for misleading the Governor, Tynsong said,“we have already asked the concerned authority to go through all the details and examine and if need be, we will discuss it even in the cabinet.”
Refusing to comment if there is an attempt by some external forces to create communal tension in Meghalaya, the Deputy Chief Minister said the state and its people have a very good cordial relationship with all states in India.
“But we take exception with these people who instead of coming to the government, they went ahead with that complaint (to the governor) but ultimately I am telling you to let the concerned authority take care of everything,” he said.
“Well as I said to you maybe anti-social elements used to be there .1 percent so please don’t take it so seriously with this .1 percent because we are friendly with everybody be it in Kolkata, Delhi, Assam or anywhere,” he added.
Asserting that the MDA government is all out for everybody both tribal and non-tribal, he said, “We keep saying that we treat both communities as brothers and sisters.”
The deputy chief minister also urged the NGOs and other stakeholders to be together as the government will not allow any misinformation or communication gap to be there at any point of time.
“We are here to make sure people of Meghalaya or whoever stays in Meghalaya, we stay happily without any kind of fear or uneasiness,” he said.
Tynsong further informed that the government may invite the NGOs and other stakeholders for resolving the misunderstanding even as the government will decide on whether to call for an all-party meeting to discuss this issue.
Earlier, the state police had registered a criminal case against the United Bangal Liberation Army (UBLA) for criminal conspiracy, for the threat to wage conflict against the local populace of Meghalaya, and for the criminal intimidation against the Chief Minister.
On the status of this case, Tynsong said, “Let the authority concerned find out who are those so-called extremist group because first time in my life I saw the letter they sent to KSU and everybody but whether it is genuine or not that I can’t say anything but let the authority concerned go deep into it.”
Meanwhile, the deputy chief minister also appealed to all concerns to refrain from spreading news which is affecting the peace and tranquility in the state.
“I would request all of them to refrain from spreading rumours in social media as you must have seen it even permanent residents from the Bengali community have come out with good statements saying that no harassment was done by local people. From the government side, I would like to request everyone to please don’t add fuel to this issue because we live together and grow together in Meghalaya, we are one..,” he stated.