New Delhi: The Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Mohammed Salim Engineer has expressed concern over violence against the Sikh community in Shillong, Meghalaya. In a statement to the media the JIHSecretary General said: ‘’ We are deeply concerned over the reported violence against the Sikh community in Shillong. The flare-up in violence against the Sikhs which are a minority community in Meghalaya over a trivial street brawl is highly condemnable and shows that some anti-social elements have been infected by the communal virus and are trying to divide people and instigate violence. In a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country like India, it is the responsibility of the majority community to protect the minorities’’.
Salim Engineer averred: “we wish to remind the Meghalaya government of their moral and constitutional responsibility; it is their foremost duty to protect the lives and properties as well as the honor and dignity of the citizens. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind demands that the culprits of this violence in Shillong be arrested and punished. We appeal to the citizens of Shillong not to fall prey to any rumors and appreciate the role of the Sikh community which has contributed significantly towards the development of Meghalaya. Peaceful coexistence is the only way ahead and should be respected and protected by all”.