In another instance of tremendous animus for Hindus and Bengalis in Meghalaya, a Bengali driver was hacked to death by Christian miscreants days after the Ramakrishna Mission branch in the state was sealed under lock-and-key. The incident occurred on a spot opposite the Nigrims Hospital in Shillong last afternoon.
It is learned that the name of the victim is Nikhil Dey. He was a car driver by profession. Last afternoon, 29 November, some Khasi people, all Christians, objected while Dey was parking a car in front of the hospital. Nikhil Dey protested as it was a designated parking lot.
The Christian group first attacked the Hindu driver with a screwdriver. The miscreants randomly hit Nikhil Dey on the neck and head. They then fled the scene. He died shortly after the incident.
The Bengalis of Shillong were stricken with terror as the news of the incident spread. Hindus have been overwhelmed by a terrible sense of insecurity since the state turned xenophobic, riding on a growing Christian right cleansing drive that is passed off as Khasi assertion of local identity.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, a converted Christian, has been apathetic towards the plight of Hindus in the state. Several cases of hate crime have seen no legal action despite repeated complaints to Meghalaya Police.
Last Monday, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) had shut down the Ramkrishna Mission in Shillong while they insisted it must stay open on the occasion of the Seng Kut Snem, a festival of indigenous Khasi faith.
Members from the KSU Mawkhar and Jaiaw Circles went and found that the Ramkrishna Mission on Jail Road was open while the state government had declared it would be a state holiday to observe Seng Kut Snem.
The KSU warned all offices, educational institutions, banks and companies that “failed to respect” special occasions and festivals observed by the “indigenous people”.