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‘No discrimination on religious denomination’

Staff Correspondent

SHILLONG, May 12: The Tongseng (Nongkhlieh) Durbar has rubbished the allegation that it ostracized around six families and denied them benefits they are supposed to get for following a different Christian denomination.

There are allegations that the village authorities of Tongseng have been denying the government beneficiaries to at least a dozen families for being part of a different Christian denomination. However, Durbar general secretary Pyrkhat Pajuh told newsmen in Shillong on Saturday, “The allegations are ridiculous. The officials from the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills visited the village last week to ascertain the veracity of allegations. They found no truth in the allegations.” Pajuh termed the allegations baseless and fabricated.

There is also an allegation that the Durbar has not allowed the construction of a Church by a minority Christian denomination. However, Pajuh said that the church is proposed to be constructed on a village land that has been handed over to the State Government for the Integrated Child Development Scheme. “We are asserting our ownership with the land not for any religious reasons. We’ve papers with us supporting our claim over the land,” he added.

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