People of the Khasi tribe in Meghalaya, however, appear to take the locality as a government-given settlement for migrants who are not tribals. There are allegations that some locals including politicians want the residents of the settlement to be relocated elsewhere anyhow.
A fight between some Khasi boys and residents of Punjabi Lane last week only lit the fuse that eventually ignited the dormant tension into a full-blown confrontation and the subsequent clashes with the police and paramilitary forces.
By midnight on Saturday last, some 200 residents of Punjabi Lane left their homes and took shelter at an army cantonment nearby. They have since returned home as the situation has improved now.
"We were born here, settled here. We consider Meghalaya as our land, although we are from Punjab. We never thought they want us to leave," says Sanjana.
"There are people who are funding this particular agitation. The problem is localised only to a particular patch of land. It happens to be that two communities are involved. But it's not a communal thing," Mr Sangma told NDTV.
The clashes, however, raises questions on a long-running tension between the Khasi tribe and people who are living on that piece of land that they call their home.
Curfew was relaxed for a few hours on Monday.
The Indian Army was called in to take control and is on standby in case the situation flares up again. For now it appears that the capital of Meghalaya, popular with tourists and connected by a smooth highway just 110 kilometres from Guwahati airport in Assam, has calmed after the intense clashes last week.
The curfew imposed across Shillong on Monday was lifted today at 5 am from some parts of the city, while indefinite curfew continues in sensitive areas.
The Meghalaya government has formed a cabinet sub-committee to look into the possibility of relocating the "Sweeper Colony". "The Committee shall examine all relevant records and documents relating to the relocation of the Sweeper Colony, Sweeper Lane, Mawlong Haat... The Committee shall recommend practically feasible solution(s) for relocation of the said Sweeper Colony," the order issues on Monday said.
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