Shillong: Meghalaya’s opposition Trinamool Congress (TMC) Monday demanded answers from the BJP-led government in Assam on why it has ordered an inquiry into alleged religious conversions and the number of new churches established in Assam.
Opposition Chief Whip in the Meghalaya Assembly George B. Lyngdoh and State TMC Vice President James Lyngdoh addressed a press conference, questioning why the Assam government sought such details while claiming to have “humiliated people and derailed the Christmas spirit.”
The TMC was referring to the letter from the Special Branch of the Assam Police seeking details on the number of churches established within the past year, the number of existing churches, instances of religious conversion in the past six years, and the people involved in conversion activities.
“We demand an answer as to why such an investigation has suddenly been ordered into the number of churches in Assam. This is another attempt to destroy the secular fabric of the country. The action threatens the safety and security of Christians,” George told reporters.
He said such monitoring activities of the churches were also being done in Meghalaya.
“Such nefarious activities are being undertaken in Meghalaya as well. We have learned from confirmed sources that the Intelligence Bureau is following up very closely on Christian activities here,” George said.
In fact, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has already clarified that he was kept in the dark about the police order; however, the TMC leaders said Sarma’s statement was to fool the people.
Lyngdoh added that Assam records the highest instances of offences relating to religion in the North East.
Meanwhile, Lyngdoh slammed the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government for not taking action in the Mukroh firing incident, in which five Pnar civilians died.
“FIRs should have been filed in Meghalaya, and warrants should have been issued against the culprits. However, a Special Investigations Team was constituted. It should have been addressed as per the provisions of IPC and CrPC,” George said.
The TMC leader said the visit of state government officials and commissioners to Delhi would not yield desired results.
“As the Opposition, we had already raised that there will be no output from the visit of the state government officials and commissioners to Delhi as the agenda (in Delhi) is pre-decided, which is to destroy the secular fabric of our country and ensure atrocities on minorities,” George said.