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Anti-missionary school campaign issue in Assam to be taken up by Govt after verification

SHILLONG, FEB 27: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday said that the government will first verify the reports about the anti-missionary school campaign in neighbouring Assam before taking up the matter with their counterparts in Dispur, and at the same time, assured safety and security of the people residing along the inter-state border.

The chief minister was replying to a zero hour notice moved by UDP legislator from Nongpoh Mayralborn Syiem on the alleged decision of a lesser known radical Hindu group to start a poster campaign asking missionary schools across Assam to remove Christian symbols and churches from their premises and stop using educational institutions for religious purposes.

“The Superintendents of Police and the DG will be informed that necessary manpower (are asked to conduct) patrolling to ensure people have a sense of confidence that they will be with them or protect them if any situation is to happen,” Sangma said.

“However, it would be incorrect for me to respond without verifying the fact. Therefore, we need to verify this news and information before we respond or react…,” he added.

The chief minister also said that he remains in continuous touch with Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and the chief secretaries of the two states are also in regular communication with one another.

“There is a strong communication channel (in case there is any incident). That is why communication with the counterpart is very important and we maintain that,” he said while assuring that the government will not take things for granted.

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