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Mukul asks Chief Secretary to take up issue with Centre

FROM A REPORTER

SHILLONG, June 17: In view of the eviction notice issued by the Bangladesh government to over 700 Khasi people, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has asked the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya to take up the issue with the Centre.

The Dhaka District Administration has issued an eviction notice to over 700 families belonging to indigenous Khasi tribe who have been living at har Punji of Srimangal Upazila in Moulvibazar for over 75 Years. Speaking to reports here on Friday, Sangma said, “This issue has also been communicated to me earlier and this is a bilateral issue and the total mandate of this issue is to be taken up by the Union government. I, therefore, have just advised the Chief Secretary to take up this issue with the Central government.”

He said one intervention that the state government can do is to get the updated status on the current situation in Bangladesh concerning the Khasi community.

“It is also important for both the tions India and Bangladesh to engage and dispel any kind of apprehension,” he said. On asked if the issue if not resolved can create a commul threat in the state, he said, “The matter has been taken up by the government and it is not an ethnic issue. It is a government versus citizen issue.”

He added, “If I can read from the inputs we have it indicates that the government of Bangladesh is actually looking at some measures to evict and we don’t know if it involves only one particular community or there are other communities also involved. If we do not have actual information from ground zero, it’s ippropriate to take things on presumptions and assumptions.”

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