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The Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Prestone Tynsong, on Friday, said that they would put the people who are trying to add fuel to the Ichamati issue behind bars if they continue to create a rift between the tribal and non-tribal population in Meghalaya.
“We will put anyone who continues to add fuel behind bars. We will not spare whether they are from Kolkata, Meghalaya or from anywhere. We must understand clearly that law has to prevail. The people who are instigating should refrain from it. If they refuse to stop, then they will have to face the consequences,” Tynsong said while reacting strongly over the agitation which was held outside the Kolkata Meghalaya House on Thursday to protest against the alleged atrocities against the Bengali population and the non-tribal population in Ichamati and Bholaganj area.
He said that the state government is also trying to find out if there is a political propaganda for raking up the Ichamati issue.
“We are not sleeping. We are trying to find out the people responsible for attempting to create a communal rift in the State,” Tynsong said.
When asked if they had raised this issue with the West Bengal Government, he informed that Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has already taken this up with the government concern.
According to Tynsong, the people who are agitating should understand that the solution is not in Kolkata.
“The door is open for them to come over to Shillong and let us sit across the table and discuss the issues concerned. But don’t make an issue outside the boundary since you cannot get the correct message,” Tynsong said.
Tynsong further asserted that if the Government has failed in maintaining law and order, then they have every right to protest.
“We have given full power to the district administration to take stock of the situation,” Deputy Chief Minister added.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)