Shillong violence: Curfew relaxed for seven hours, internet remain suspended
Shillong, June 3 (IBNS): The situation is still tense in violent-hit Shillong, capital city of Meghalaya also known as Scotland of East, but under control, while the army is on standby for necessary act.
The District administration of East Khasi Hills has relaxed curfew for seven hours in the curfew bound areas in Shillong on Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm.
The District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills district, in a late night order issued on Saturday, stated that the areas where curfew has been relaxed includes Mawkhar, Jaiaw, Umsohsun, Wahingdoh, Riatsamthiah, Mawprem, Lumdienggjri, Mission, Lamavila, Qualapaty, Wahthapbru, Sunny Hill, Cantonment, Mawlong Hat including Cantonment Beat House areas.
Deputy Commissioner (in-charge) of East Khasi Hills district, Peter S Dkhar said that, curfew has been relaxed in the curfew bound areas for seven hours on Sunday to allow the people to buy their essential commodities.
The Deputy Commissioner (in-charge) of East Khasi Hills district also said that, the army is on standby and will be deployed if the situation warrants so.
The East Khasi Hills district administration had imposed indefinite curfew in areas under Lumdiengjri police Station and Cantonment Beat House from 4 am on Friday following a violent clash between police and a mob on Thursday night.
Peter S Dkhar said that, night curfew will be continued in various areas under Shillong region and internet services will remain suspended.
On the other hand, the District Magistrate (DM) of East Khasi Hills district has issued an order under Section 144 of the CrPC prohibiting the sale of petrol, diesel etc in loose jericans, bottles and any other containers to members of the public by all the petrol pumps within the district.
On Saturday, violating curfew miscreants attacked several vehicles including five tourist vehicles going from Guwahati and also damaged shops, houses in Shillong.
At least 10 tourists including a child were injured as the miscreants attacked on vehicles.
Several tourists are still stranded at hotels in Shillong.
To control the situation, the army had conducted flag march in several areas in Shillong region.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)