Stone-pelters were funded to create disturbance in Shillong : Meghalaya CM

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today revealed that the state police has found out that there are certain people who are funding the stone-pelters during the last three days in curfew-bound areas.

Violence erupted in this city after a skirmish between some women and the driver of SPTS bus at Them Metoer (Punjabi Lane) which led to the assault of three persons.

The injured persons were shifted to Civil Hospital and were released after first aid.

The parties involved in the skirmish had arrived at a verbal compromise at Cantonment Beat House.

‘The police have started the investigations and found out that there are certain people who are funding for this agitation. We have found evidence of expensive alcohol being given to them, we have found evidence of money being given to them,’Mr Sangma disclosed to reporters at a press conference.

‘Certain individuals who were picked and confessed that they have been given money to take part in this agitation and they have come there because they have been given money. I must tell that we are already on the job of finding out where the money is coming from, who are those individuals who are distributing money,’ the chief minister said.

When asked if some politicians are involved in funding, Mr Sangma, however, refused to take any name, but said, ‘I am not here to politicize this issue. This is a very sensitive issue, and the individuals who are there will be aware of it . We are investigating into more details and we know the channels through which the alcohol and money were coming in.’

When asked further was their motive to fund the stone-pelters, Mr Sangma said, ‘You see when the agitation started in the beginning, and after discussions and commitment from our side, fulfillment of some of the demands that were made, but still it continues. We don’t see a person would want this continue unless it is funded. As I said, this has been funded, and money has been flowing in, and we are looking into this aspect.’

Earlier, Delhi’s Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) legislator, Manjinder Singh Sirsa and President Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Committee, Manjit Sanjit GK led a delegation of Sikh representative to State’s Secretariat and called on Chief Minister and discussed the prevailing situation.

‘We were surprised to see that the situation is normal on the ground after media reports going around the country that the situation is terrible,’ he said.

Stating that an amicable solution will be found on the issue, Mr Sirsa proposed the Meghalaya government to constitute a Joint Peace Committee headed by Chief Minister Conrad to ensure that peace is restored at the earliest.

‘It will be a win-win situation for both the sides. It will also ensure that nobody lives under fear and terror. what we witnessed at ground zero I want to say that it is tense but under control. The chief minister and the police have acted firmly and decisively. We all need to ensure that peace prevails once again in Shillong,” he said.

Denying media reports that the Gurdwara at Them Metor was torched or desecrated as reported in the national media, Sirsa said, “Everything is peaceful in the locality and it is not a fact that the gurdwara has been attacked or the people are living in hunger or on the roads.”


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