After threat to Punjabis in Shillong, Amarinder Singh sends in Delegation
A week after militant group HNLC issued a threat to Punjabi settlers asking them to vacate the Punjabi Lane area of Shillong, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has sent a four-member delegation to the hill state to work out a solution.
The delegation, headed by state minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, will meet Chief Minister Conrad Sangma in Meghalaya.
"These reports have naturally caused great concern back in Punjab as these families have been settled in Shillong long before the country's independence," Mr Singh said in a letter to Mr Sangma, urging him to instill a sense of security among the Punjabi settlers.
A fight between some Khasi boys and residents of Punjabi Lane last year lit the fuse that eventually ignited the dormant tension into a full-blown confrontation and the subsequent clashes with the police and paramilitary forces.