GUWAHATI: Expressing solidarity with Dalit Sikhs of Meghalaya, All India Christian Council stated that opponents of the Church in India are already misusing these incidents for propaganda as a case of Christian majority community attacking Dalit Sikhs.
Shillong which was witnessing unrest since Thursday last is limping back to normalcy. Violence broke out after two groups of people in the city’s Punjabi Lane area after clashes which were triggered after a bus driver was allegedly beaten up by a group of residents.
The agitators later started demanding eviction of Punjabi people settled in the Punjabi Lane locality. Curfew was clamped and additional security forces were rushed in to bring situation under control.
A statement issued by Bishop Paothang Haokip, North East India Coordinator of the Hyderabad-based All India Christian Council said that the Council urges the Christian community in Meghalaya as well as other communities to find solutions to the problems and issues through peaceful dialogue rather than resort to violence. Violence only begets more violence.”
The statement stated added, “Opponents of the Church in India are already misusing these incidents for propaganda as a case of Christian majority community attacking Dalit Sikhs. As the nation is being actively polarized based on caste, religions, and tribes, it is important that Christians everywhere demonstrate that they resort to peaceful methods of resolving complex social problems.”