SHILLONG, March 3 - A peace meeting was held here today in which Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, religious leaders and prominent citizens took part and called for maintenance of communal harmony in the State.
The meeting was convened by the Government to seek assistance of religious leaders and other citizens to defuse the violence in the Khasi Hills region, which erupted after a Khasi Students� Union member was killed at Ichamati village on Friday last.
Rymbui said after the meeting that all present underscored the importance of maintaining communal harmony.
�Those present said there should not be any feeling of communal disharmony among different sections of people and the law should be balanced,� Rymbui said.
Those present in the meeting also pledged their support to the Government�s move to urge the Centre to implement the inner line permit (ILP) system in the State. It was also decided in the meeting that there should be frequent interactions among various communities to get the feedback from the public.
Moreover, those present in the meeting said that the Government should respond in a timely manner during crisis hours in the State.
Rymbui said that peace is of utmost importance, especially at this juncture as students are sitting for their board examinations.
The Home Minister said that apart from the Class X and Class XII examinations, there is also a police recruitment drive from March 17. Moreover, there is the JEE in April and the NEET examinations in May-June. �We will try to address all the issues concerning our youth and the people of the State," Rymbui said.