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Arson attacks continue in Shillong
Staff Correspondent

A delegation from Delhi Gurudwara Committee and MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa from Delhi calling on Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma in Shillong on Sunday. – UB Photos
 SHILLONG, June 3 - Incidents of arson attacks continue in several parts of Meghalaya State Capital. A petrol bomb was hurled at a residence at Jhalupara last night. The attackers hurled the petrol bomb at about 11 pm and fled the scene. However, no one was injured in the incident.

 A showroom was also attacked with petrol bombs last night at Mawblei. Several two-wheelers were damaged in the attack. Similar cases of arson were reported from other parts of the State Capital last night.

In view of the petrol bomb attacks the district administration has banned sale of petrol in jerrycans, bottles and other containers. There was no stone-pelting incident today after the Government warned of stern action.

Meanwhile, several non-tribal villagers were assaulted at Nongjiri on Indo-Bangla border, in South West Khasi Hills on Saturday afternoon by unidentified men, according to reports received here today.

The incident happened at about 1.30 pm at Nongjiri market when the group of attackers assaulted the villagers and fled. Properties of the villagers were also damaged in the attack, officials said.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that South West Khasi Hillls district administration has detained some of the attackers and efforts are to nab the others.

SAD delegation: A Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) delegation from New Delhi met the residents of Punjabi Lane and also Chief Minister Conrad Sangma here today and expressed confidence in the present law and order situation in the State Capital.

The delegation was headed by Manjit Singh GK, president of Delhi Sikh Guruduwara and included Delhi Rajouri Garden Akali MLA, Manjinder Singh Sirsa.

The delegation first met the residents and assured them of all assistance and also got first hand report about the incident in the State Capital.

“There was lot of rumours across the country about Sikhs being killed, people going hungry, living in refugee camps, Gurudwaras being burnt. But when we came here nothing of that sort has happened. We want to assure everyone that everything is fine and such rumours must stop,” president of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara said.

He said the “situation is tense but under control” and added that the residents of Punjabi Lane have been living for 200 years in the State Capital in peace. “Every Indian has their right to stay here, just as the locals have their own rights,” Singh stated.

Regarding the shifting of the residents from the present location, he said that the Chief Minister has informed that a peace committee would be formed which he would head to find a solution to the issue.

“Senior leaders from both the communities, as well as State Government officials would be part of the committee. We hope that a permanent solution would be found on this issue,” he stated.

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