SHILLONG, June 8: An organization under the name and style of ‘United Sikh’ from Bangalore on Friday distributed wheat among the residents of Sweepers’ Lane as part of its efforts to support the 350 households affected by the recent incidents in the city.
Speaking to reporters, M. Singh, ground coordinator of United Sikh, said, “We are here to support our brothers and sisters and our objective to try and maintain peace and bring back normalcy to the area at the earliest.”
He informed that in their discussion with Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on June 5, they had requested that a meeting should be held between local tribal leaders including leaders from the United Sikh’ and other leaders of the Sikh community to seek a solution to the issue.
“There is a solution for every problem and in a round table discussion with various tribal leaders this problem can be solved at the earliest,” he said, adding that they want peace to come back so that people can carry out their duties as usual.
When asked, he said that at the moment they are yet to proceed with the discussion. However, once the situation gets calmer, a discussion with local tribal leaders will be suggested.
Informing that the people have been residing in this area for the past 200 years, he said, “The Sikhs have been living here since the time of the British and in my personnel opinion the Sikhs should not be relocated to a different area but instead the United Sikh we will request the state government to allow the construction of beautiful buildings so that this whole place can become hygienic and beautiful.”
He said the entire Sikh community will support the idea of construction of buildings to beautify the area; but this can only be done if the government gives its permission.
Meanwhile, a local Sikh leader from the Sweepers’ Lane said that the government should also include leaders from the Sikh community from Sweepers’ lane in the High Level Committee which was constituted by the government to resolve this issue.