Haflong: In an effort to maintain peace in the district and concerned over the undesirable incidence that might occur due to the recent scuffle during the bandh called by some organizations on February 11, a peace committee was constituted under the initiative of the district administration at the conference hall of Haflong Circuit House.
The meeting was chaired by Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Rajkhowa, in presence of Superintendent of Police, Bir Bikram Gogoi and Commandant, 11 Assam Rifles, Col. R S Rawat, for constituting a peace committee. Representatives of All Apex Bodies Co-ordination Committee, representatives from apex bodies of various communities, student organizations, merchants’ association of Haflong and media participated during the discussion.
Addressing the people, the Deputy Commissioner said that there could not be any solution by resorting to violence. He said, “By such unconstitutional acts only peace and tranquility of the district is hampered, disturbing the peaceful coexistence of the various communities dwelling here for several years.”
Appreciating the cooperation of the public while mitigating the incident that could have turned even worse, SP Bir Bilkram Gogoi said, “Solution to any demand which might be a long-standing issue or short, put forward by the people should be constitutional, democratic and legal. Calling bandh and resorting to violence cannot be accepted and the Supreme Court has already put a ban on such activities.” He conveyed clearly that anyone found guilty of going against law or getting involved in any sort of illegal activity that included rumor-mongering messages, would be strictly dealt with.
Col. R S Rawat requested all people to continue living harmoniously. The representatives of all communities also expressed their desire for peace and brotherhood among people of all communities, including non-tribals. During the meeting, the representatives of all communities assured that they would conduct meetings and appeal to all to people not to spread enmity and violence.
During the meeting, it was jointly agreed that social media be utilized responsibly and to avoid any comments that might hurt the sentiments of people belonging to another community. The peace committee will be formally constituted once the names of the members from all communities are received.