The Bengalis of Meghalaya in a collective recently wrote a memorandum to the Chief Minister of the State, Dr. Conrad Sangma, mentioning about the systematic Bengali persecution in the state and asking him to strictly deal with violent radicals all over the state.
They said that the government has the duty to serve every community all the equal and establish the rule of the law over its territory. The constitutionally provided rights of the religious and linguistic minorities must be ensured in the state.
Recently, anti-Bengali posters came up in Meghalaya where Meghalaya’s Bengalis were termed as ‘Bangladeshi’ even when they were living there from before the Independence era. The hatred and violence against Bengalis intensified during the anti-CAA protests in Meghalaya.
On 28 February 2020, one Khasi Students Union worker died in clashes in Ichamati, Meghalaya. Beginning from that time, the persecution on Bengalis of Ichamati and Bholaganj continues to grow unabated till date. The NCPCR (National Commission for Protection of Child Rights) also issued notice to the SP of East Khasi Hills to investigate the matter, after allegations of persecution of Bengali Hindu families began to surface. Even months after that, the situation doesn’t seem to improved much in Ichamati and Bholaganj.
The letter to Conrad Sangma was signed by ex-Minister Manas Choudhury, ex-MP B.B Dutta, ex-IAS officer P.C Choudhury, ex-IFS officer Nobobroto Bhattacharjee, ex-Principal of Government Girls Higher Secondary School Uma Purkayastha along with many other teachers, professors, social workers and businessmen of Meghalaya.