Maintaining the stress up on the Meghalaya authorities to revoke its choice of relocating Dalit Sikh residents of Them lew Mawlong space in Shillong, a delegation of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Administration Committee (DSGMC) Thursday requested the intervention of Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik within the matter.

“We shared our issues and he assured us that no injustice shall be accomplished and the residents is not going to be eliminated illegally,” DSGMC President Manjinder Singh Sirsa instructed The Indian Specific.

A four-member group, led by Sirsa — who can also be the Nationwide Spokesperson of Shiromani Akali Dal — met Malik at his official residence in Shillong earlier on Thursday afternoon. “He stated he had already taken up the matter with Chief Minister Meghalaya Conrad Sangma as properly,” stated Sirsa, including that they might not meet the Chief Minister as a result of he was out of city.

The Sangma-led Cupboard’s October 7 choice to relocate the Sikh group from the realm, additionally referred to as the Punjabi Lane, primarily based on suggestions made by a high-level committee, had drawn protests from the residents, who declare that they’ve been residing within the space for the reason that 1850s, after they had been introduced by the British to work as scavengers and sweepers within the area.

Whereas the federal government claims that the land belongs to the City Affairs Division, the Sikhs say the land was “gifted” to them by the Syiem (chief) of Hima Mylliem – one of many chiefdoms in Khasi Hills – within the 1850s.

The land dispute has simmered for many years, with sections of society and political organisations in Meghalaya demanding that residents be shifted to another space. It took a violent flip in Could 2018, resulting in clashes between native Khasis and Sikhs of the realm, after which a high-level committee was fashioned to settle it.

Whereas Sikh teams have referred to as the transfer “unlawful”, “unjust” and “unconstitutional”, with leaders saying they’d take the matter up with Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah, the Meghalaya authorities has stood agency on its choice thus far. On Monday, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong had instructed The Indian Specific that they’d “adopted due diligence” on the difficulty.

Sirsa stated that since a established order had been ordered by Meghalaya Excessive Court docket on 9 April, 2021 primarily based on a petition filed by Sikh teams in 2018, the high-level committee had no energy to make such a choice. “The residents can’t be relocated with out following due course of,” he stated.

In a illustration to Malik, DSGMC — an autonomous organisation that manages Gurudwaras, hospitals, instructional establishments and welfare of Sikhs — that the Meghalaya authorities’s choice to take “possession” of the land is an motion in the direction of “instigating clashes” that may “spiral into violent unrest.”

It additionally added that the federal government of Meghalaya asking the City Affairs Division to work out a relocation plan might result in instigating the residents, “with out even granting them a possibility to say something.”

“The unilateral choice of the federal government within the title of unlawful settlers is very unconstitutional in nature and regardless of the instructions of Hon’ble Excessive Court docket they aren’t stopping from going forward” it added.

Gurjit Singh, President of the Harijan Panchayat Committee, which represents members of the Sikh Dalit group in Shillong, stated that they felt “extra assured” after the DSGMC assembly with Malik. “We’re hopeful that the federal government will rethink their choice,” he stated.

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