Shillong, Nov 6: The Meghalaya government today said that there seems to be a political instigation behind all the protests against the alleged discrimination of non-tribal especially Bengalis in the State.
Reacting to a query, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong threatened action against people who are adding fuel to fire.
â€œPlease donâ€™t add fuel. If anyone is found indulging in such activities they will be put behind bars. The government is going deep,â€ Tynsong told media persons.
He also urged groups who are protesting against the tribals in Meghalaya from outside the State not to bring a situation of communal disharmony between tribals and non-tribals living in here.
Tynsong also invited the groups protesting in Kolkata, alleging discrimination against non-tribal, particularly Bengalis in the state to could come over for a discussion.
The Deputy Chief Minister said, â€œThe solution of the issues that are in the State does not lie in Kolkata but in Shillong. Come over and discuss.â€
It may be mentioned that on Thursday, a conglomeration of ten groups from Kolkata including the All Bangali Youth & Students’ Organisation (ABYSO) submitted a memorandum to the State government through Meghalaya House Kolkata.
â€œDonâ€™t add fire because if you talk about the issue of Ichamati, the government is there to handle the situation and to take care that the citizens of the state of Meghalaya be it non-tribal be it tribal the responsibility of the government is to make sure that both (communities) are safe. We work together and grow together,â€ Tynsong said.
He further informed that the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma has taken up the safety of residents of Meghalaya with the West Bengal government.