A banner with the words, ‘All Meghalaya Bengalis are Bangladeshis’ put up by the Khasi Students Union (KSU) today in different parts of the city has drawn the attention of former Governor Tathagata Roy who said that the union needs to be banned like the outlawed Hynñiewtrep National Liberation Council (HNCL).
“I say this taking full responsibility as ex-Governor of Meghalaya: KSU need to be banned just like HNLC,” Roy tweeted, adding, “It is an anti-national terrorist organisation, threatening Indian citizens, some of whom are residents of Meghalaya since British times. Like my family on both sides.”
Meanwhile, the State government asserted that law and order would be firmly maintained in the state even as it decided to talk to the different groups for resolving the ‘confusion’ and ‘misunderstanding’ over the Ichamati issue.
“We are in the process of communicating and talking to everybody, in fact, along with the government of India,” Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma told reporters on Wednesday.
He said the government is communicating to the concerned organizations within the state and outside the state to ensure that the situation does not aggravate.
“By communicating and talking to different organizations, we will be able to normalize the situation,” Sangma said.
The Chief Minister’s reaction came after the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) activists staged a protest against the proposed visit of members of the All Bengali Youth & Students Organization (ABYSO), citing that it is an attempt to interfere with the affairs of the state and to disturb peace.