Donald Thabah: KSU not against Bengalis from West Bengal

Two HNLC members arrested for unfurling flag in 2019

Shillong, Oct 22: A day after the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), protested against illegal immigrants in the State in the wake of three non – indigenous persons meeting Governor, Satya Pal Malik and claiming before him that the Hindus are being discriminated in Meghalaya, the union stated that it is not against the genuine Bengalis from West Bengal.

It may be mentioned that there are reports in a section of the media that the banner campaign by the KSU has made Bengalis as Bangladeshis overnight was not true.

“The people of West Bengal has no problem with the people of Meghalaya neither we are against them. The problem is with the illegal immigrants staying in Meghalaya and migrating to West Bengal as they are the ones who are creating problems. They are trying polarise the people of Meghalaya and people from the rest of India which is very wrong,” KSU general secretary, Donald V Thabah said.

Thabah also said that hanging banners does not mean that the union wants to disrupt the puja festival.

The KSU general secretary in fact blamed the non-indigenous people who migrated to other parts of the country of instigation against the Khasis.

“Some people are being misled as the banners did not only say about Bangladeshis but also about the murder of KSU member (L) Lurshai Hynniewta at Ichamati, Citizenship Amendment Act and Inner Line Permit,” he said.

Thabah also admitted that there are Bengalis in Khasi Hills since British time but very negligible in number. He said a massive way of illegal immigration took place after 1971 that also led to a clash.

“That is why we have been demanding that the cut off year for determining who is a genuine citizen of Meghalaya should be 1971. If that is being implemented we will understand who is a citizen of the state and who is not,” he said.

Meanwhile, the KSU general secretary said had the laws like the ILP been implemented since 1985, Meghalaya would have been one of the peaceful states in the country.

“We have no one else to blame but the government. Tribal states like Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur, they are being endowed by the ILP as it is being understood that such mechanism will not only be for the protection of tribal groups present there but also to ensure that the state become and remain peaceful,” he said.

Thabah said despite of the fact that the KSU did not raise any hue and cry on the killing of its member in Ichamati on February 28, this year after understanding that the police will do their work, there are groups from certain community which are trying to instigate the non-tribal community in the state and West Bengal.

He said these people started sending memorandums to Prime Minister, Governor, and made baseless allegations claiming that there were gross violations of human rights in Ichamati whereby women and children are being profile and targeted.

“How do these people know that Meghalaya government, police, district councils and Ngos are hands in glove in discriminating the Hindu families? Their main objective is very clear that they are trying to pain religious tone to their statements,” he stated.