KHNAM irked at Harijan Colony residents’ opposition to relocation

SHILLONG:The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) slammed the residents of Harijan Colony here for behaving like the youngest child by demanding complete land documents from the state government.

In a statement issued here, the president of KHNAM, Pyndapborthiaw Saibon questioned the motive of Harijan Colony people on their opposition to relocation.

“The intention is not to evict them but to relocate them to another place which is more hygienic but their opposition to relocation show there is some hidden agenda and apparently they want to claim ownership of the land which is very much against the spirit of the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution and the Land Transfer Act of the state,” he said.

The KHNAM asserted that the unfounded interference by outsiders in to the contentious issue of Harijan Colony without knowing the depth of the matter is unacceptable and maintained the interference would mislead the Central government and the Minority Commission.

Stating that the Khasi community respects other communities and promotes the spirit of tolerance, he said Harijan Colony is a slum and is a dangerous place for those who commute along Harijan Colony lane.

With the UDP supporting the move to relocate, the KHNAM was optimistic that the UDP’s presence in the government will materialize the demand to relocate the colony.

Saibon said the Punjab government, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the Minority Commission and the Central government should know that the Harijan Colony is no longer fit for living due to unhygienic conditions and congestion.

He went on to add that the Hima Mylliem, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the Shillong Municipal Board made a blunder from the very beginning.

He said KHANM was looking forward to the move of the government to relocate Harijan Colony people which will be for the interest of the state as a whole.

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