Khasi students’ body targets Bengalis; Meghalaya government on alert
Hossen Sohel for DOT
 A simmering tension between Meghalaya’s indigenous Khasi community and the minority Bengalis coupled with alleged inflammatory acts by the outsiders has rung alarm bells in the corridors of power in Shillong, reported Hindustan Times. The looming crisis has led Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma to weigh in, as he appealed to the public to maintain peace and harmony. Sangma’s reaction came after the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) staged a protest against the proposed visit of the representatives of the All Bengali Youth and Students’ Organisation (ABYSO) and cited that it is an attempt to interfere with the state’s internal affairs.
 The KSU has blamed ABYSO of trying to disrupt peace in the tribal-dominated north-eastern state. The protests by the members of the KSU North Khasi Hills District and KSU South Khasi Hills District on Wednesday were held at Toll Plaza, Pahammawlein in Ri Bhoi district and Sohra in East Khasi Hills district.
 The students’ body had launched a poster campaign at prime locations of Shillong on Wednesday. However, the police swiftly moved in and removed the provocative posters.
 Meghalaya Police tweeted late evening and appealed for peace among all sections of the society and not to pay attention to the swirling rumours.
 The state government, which is facing a law and order challenge amid the Durga Puja festivities and the upcoming Christmas celebrations, is pulling out all stops to ensure peace and tranquillity prevails in Meghalaya that has been hit hard by a growing trust deficit between the tribals and the non-tribals.
The ABYSO, led by Chandan Chatterjee, had sought permission and security to visit Ichamati in East Khasi Hills district to take stock of the alleged “institutionalised harassment” of non-tribal women and children.