Situation remains tense in Meghalaya

Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 1 | Publish Date: 3/1/2020 12:29:54 PM IST

1 more killed; night curfew in Shillong

Situation in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong remained grim after one more person was killed early on Sunday taking the total number of deaths to three in the ongoing violence related to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and demand for the imposition of Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime.

According police, the victim-- Uphas Uddin (37) died after he was attacked by three unidentified people at his house in Pyrken village under East Khasi Hills district.

With the situation continuing to be tense, the district administration enforced night curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. till further order.

“Night curfew will continue to be enforced in Shillong city to prevent from any further untoward incident,” East Khasi Hills district DC, Matsiewdor War Nongbri said.

Mobile internet services continue to remain suspended since Friday night in six districts (East, West Jaintia Hills, East, West, South West Khasi hills and Ri-Bhoi districts) and the suspension would stay until further orders.

State’s DGP, R Chandranathan warned that any person(s) indulging in activities that may create breakdown of law and order, communal disharmony, incite or instigate conflict in the state shall be sternly dealt with as per the law.

Officials also informed that several stray incidents were reported from across the state. It was reported that miscreants resorted to stone pelting at vehicles along the National Highway in Puriang area Sunday evening. 

In Mawsynram, unknown persons attacked one Rajua Karim, an employee of government-owned Meghalaya Basin Development Agency on Saturday at Mawthabah village Sunday morning .

In Shillong, miscreants on Saturday night hurled a petrol bomb at the residential compound of one Lakshmi Bareh at Pynthorbah, Block – 4.

On Saturday, one person was killed and nine injured when a group of unidentified persons went on a stabbing spree at Shillong’s busy Bara Bazaar area.

The present spate of violence started after the death of a Khasi youth Lurshai Hynniewta, on Friday by non-tribals in Ichamati area of East Khasi Hills district after a meeting to oppose CAA and seek implementation of ILP in the state was organized by Khasi Students’ Union.

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