In June 2019, a Punjab government delegation led by Randhawa also visited Shri Guru Nanak Darbar in Shillong, where Gurdwara head Gurjit Singh told the delegation that they were being forcibly removed from there.
The Punjab government is angry with the Meghalaya government’s decision to remove Sikhs from the Sikh lane in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong. State Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that the state government would oppose the decision by writing a letter to the Center and the Meghalaya government. He alleged that the Meghalaya government was displacing Sikhs under pressure from the land mafia.
The Deputy CM informed that recently on the recommendations of the High-Level Committee headed by Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Preston Tynsong, the Meghalaya Cabinet has approved the proposal to relocate the Sikhs living in Them Leu Malong area (Punjabi Lane). Sukhjinder Randhawa said that displacing Sikhs living in Shillong for decades under the pressure of the land mafia is unjust and the Punjab government strongly opposes this decision.
Sikhs living in Sikh Lane for more than 200 years
He said that the rights of these Sikhs who have been settled in Shillong for more than 200 years will not be allowed to be violated at any cost. The Meghalaya government with the BJP coalition should withdraw this decision immediately. He said that the NDA government has failed to provide an environment of security to the minorities and instill confidence in them. Minorities are feeling insecure all over the country. The latest examples of this have been seen in Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh. This is contrary to the basic spirit of the Constitution in which everyone has got equal rights.