M’laya: 1 more dead in fresh clashes

M’laya: 1 more dead in fresh clashes
A busy road in Shillong wears a deserted look following reimposition of curfew on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 29 | Publish Date: 2/29/2020 12:15:09 PM IST


Situation in Meghalaya’s capital-- Shillong seems to remain tense as the state government Saturday reimposed curfew in some areas of Shillong after miscreants went on a stabbing spree killing one person and injuring eight others at Iewduh, the main market of the city.
Police said that one Rupchand Dewan, a trader from Assam’s Barpeta district succumbed to his injuries while the injured, some in critical condition, were rushed to Shillong Civil hospital and a private hospital.
The violent scene in Shillong was reportedly a fallout of Friday’s incident where a Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) member--- Lurshai Hynniewta, was killed during clashes with non-tribals at Ichamati village under Sohra Sub-Division, police said. 
The clash on Friday, broke out between the Khasi Students Union (KSU) members and non-tribals during anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and pro-ILP meeting held in the Ichamati area of East Khasi Hills district close to the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Mobile internet services will continue to be suspended in six districts-- East, West Jaintia Hills, East, West, South West Khasi hills and Ri-Bhoi-- until further orders, officials said.
SP in-charge East Khasi Hills district, Claudia Lyngwa said that eight people were arrested on Saturday in connection with Friday’s clashes in Ichamati village based on a FIR lodged by KSU.
Those arrested included Sushan Das, Ranjit Baidya, Bijit Baidya, Kanal Baidya, Sajol Das, Indromohan Sharma and Rajesh Sharma.
However, Lyngwa said that police were yet to identify the stabbers involve in Saturday’s violence. “We have registered a case based on the FIR lodged by the family members of the deceased and the injured persons,” SP said.
“The situation is under control in Shillong and Ichamati but we are keeping a close watch,” the police official added.
Five additional companies of armed police forces have been deployed in sensitive areas. A magisterial inquiry has been instituted to probe into the clash at Ichamati, officials said. 
Meanwhile, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma announced ex gratia compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased. 
Sangma also appealed to citizens to refrain from any kind of violence and ensure that peace is maintained.
Congress Leader of opposition, Mukul Sangma condemned the incident and perpetrators of the crime on Friday and pointed out that the “nasty communal violence and loss of precious life is a fallout of the ‘unacceptable, divisive CAA.”
“The Nation is in turmoil because of the mistrust and hatred generated by the intent and the foreseeable fallout of the CAA. It is only a strong indication of the justification of the demand for repeal of this divisive act-the CAA,” Mukul said.

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