Shillong: Seven churches, built on
encroached government land in Meghalaya, have been regularised
and the occupied land handed over to the local church
committees in the wake of uproar from some quarters that the
government was playing with religious sentiments.
Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goyal today said that
instructions were given to the urban planning officials only
to regularise the church buildings built on government land
and to hand over the land to the respective church committees.
Rebuking `mischief mongers` for spreading unwanted
rumours on communal lines, Goyal said that the issue was
specifically clarified to the leaders and members of the
church and other NGOs.
The Opposition NCP yesterday slammed the government
for initiating an exercise to verify the authenticity of
Opposition leader Conrad Sangma had accused the
administration of playing with religious sentiments.
In a recent communique? to urban planning officials,
the district administration of West Garo Hills sought an "on
spot inspection and verification of six unauthorized churches
in the district."
The administration sought details like year of
construction, area occupied, area encroached etc of the
churches, mostly located in Tura and Dakupgre.