Harijan panchayat seeks safety of residents of Harijan settlement
SHILLONG, October 21: Harijan Panchayat committee secretary Gurjit Singh, in a letter to the deputy commissioner of East Khasi Hills, called for “no intervention” from the district authorities and “the safety and security” of religious institutions and “poor Sikhs” from the Harijan settlement area.
After an emergency meeting of residents of Harijan Colony at the local Gurdwara Sahib, the Harijan Panchayat committee sent a request to East Khasi Hills District, to Deputy Commissioner Ms Isawanda Laloo, IAS requesting no intervention from ‘no neighborhood in terms of resettlement. poor Sikhs from Harijan Colony in Shillong as the matter is brought to justice and also providing more security to the poor Sikh inhabitants of Harijan Colony and the safety and security of religious institutions located in Harijan Colony and d other parts of the district.
In the letter, the Harijan Panchayat committee categorically states that, as the case is pending before the Meghalaya High Court in Shillong as well as the country’s supreme court – the Supreme Court of India, any intervention by any office in this regard would amount to contempt of court.
“Over the past two hundred years, we have been peace-loving people, we have worked very hard for a living and we have contributed significantly to the well-being of the people of the region,” the letter said.