Meghlaya, 25 November: In the latest incident of the Mukroh firing that followed a series of regional and political tension between the Northeastern states of Assam and Meghalaya, many cases of violence and harassment towards the Assamese and non-Khasi people have been alleged by the locals.
Jessie Lyngdoh, a well-known music artist of Meghalaya in her recent Instagram post shared about an incident of contemplating physical assault by a group of mob amid the ruckus in the region.
The singer in her post stated that on November 24 at around 6:10 pm, her brother while stepping out of his sibling’s house was immediately grabbed by a group of masked individuals who even tried to punch him and cause harm.
However, the mobs stopped the act after the boy started to talk in ‘Khasi’ and hesitantly stated that they thought he was ‘Dakhar’-a a term used by Khasis to refer to non-Khasi people in Meghalaya.
The mobs according to the post were even caring tools like knives to threaten the boy but they eventually got away blending themselves into the chaos. There is suspicion that the act was carried out by a particular ‘seng bhalang’ group.
“There are hooligans who are taking advantage of the current chaotic situation happening in the city and entering localities where they have no business being in, and scope out which compound/household and nontribal persons/families reside in,” the post read.
In the tragic incident of firing in Mukroh that killed five villagers from Meghalaya and an Assam forest guard leaving two others seriously injured, a string of non-violent activities erupted throughout the state of Meghalaya.
With many Assamese locals including students being stuck in Shillong, it is a matter of utmost urgency to ensure their safety and security in the region amid the claims of ‘carrying out something big’ by several regional organizations of Shillong.
The situation has not yet gotten better in the region. Both the Assam and Meghalaya state governments have pitched for the centre’s intervention regarding the serious matter.