Meghalaya authorities has taken possession of a colony of Mazhabi or
Dalit Sikhs within the State capital Shillong, 4 years after a communal flare-up led to a transfer to evict them.

The State’s City Affairs Ministry on Friday accepted the handover of the controversial patch of land measuring 12,444.13 sq. metres. The State authorities had earlier this yr executed a tripartite lease deed for the land with the Syiem (king-like chieftain) of Mylliem and the Shillong Municipal Board for taking on the land the place the Harijan Colony or Punjabi Lane stands.

Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, additionally the chairman of the Excessive-Stage Committee on the Harijan Colony concern, mentioned the State Cupboard will talk about the impression of the federal government’s transfer.

“The settlers of the colony mustn’t assume we’re towards them. We aren’t throwing them out however need them to be relocated at a correct place,” he mentioned, claiming the colony residents had refused to cooperate when the committee tried to arrange a listing of the households and their possession thrice.

He mentioned the Harijan Colony is “worse than a slum and never match for human habitation” whereas outlining the federal government’s plan to beautify the realm.

Mr Tynsong additionally mentioned the federal government would defend the takeover of the colony if the settlers problem their relocation in court docket.

The Harijan Panchayat Committee claimed the land was gifted to them by the Syiem of Mylliem 200 years in the past and the federal government had no proper to grab it from some 350 Sikh households dwelling there.

“How can the federal government take the step when the case of our colony is pending within the Excessive Court docket of Meghalaya and the Supreme Court docket? We are going to battle this out,” colony chief Gurjit Singh mentioned.

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