National Commission for Minorities (NCM) member, Manjit Singh Rai on Wednesday met Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad K. Sangma and discussed the prevailing situation in Shillong in view of the demand for finding permanent solution to the issue related to relocating settlers at Them ïew Mawlong.
Rai arrived here on Tuesday and reviewed the law and order situation with Meghalaya chief secretary, Yeshi Tsering, principal secretary (home), MS Rao and director-general of police, SB Singh.
Rai told reporters that the situation in the state capital is going to be normal within a few days and the Sikh community is living peacefully.
The chief minister also assured him that the government machinery is in place to ensure safety and security of all citizens.
He said that he would submit his report to the commission on Thursday.
“I reviewed the whole situation and from the point of law and order, it was well maintained by the state government,” he said.
Rai who also visited Them ïew Mawlong area where the settlers are residing, said that a small altercation took place at the area which was compromised by both the parties, but “mischievous people” created rumours and disturbed peace.
Rai said that the Sikh population has been living in the area for more than 100 years, and according to him, it is not feasible to relocate someone from the present location.
The Union government has set up the National Commission for Minorities under the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. Six religious communities – Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) and Jains have been notified in gazette of India as minority communities by the Union government all over India.