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Situation limping back to normal in Shillong, restricted may be eased: Official

Suspension of messaging services has been withdrawn but mobile internet is still blocked in Shillong, a week after clashes broke out in the Meghalaya capital.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2018 23:48 IST
PTI, Shillong
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A riot police team guards violence-hit Motphran area, during a curfew in Shillong on June 05, 2018. (PTI File Photo)

The situation in Shillong limped back to normal on Friday and curfew restrictions are likely to be eased further, a senior district official said, a week after clashes broke out in the Meghalaya capital.

Suspension of messaging services has been withdrawn, but mobile internet is still blocked, deputy commissioner, East Khasi Hills, PS Dkhar, told PTI.

“Curfew restrictions are likely to be eased further considering that the situation by and large remained peaceful during the day and shops and business establishments in the affected areas have also returned to normal,” he said.

Curfew was relaxed for nine hours in the 14 affected areas of the state capital from 7am to 4pm, with no incident of violence reported during the curfew hours for the fourth day today, Dkhar said.

The entire city was again clamped under curfew from 8pm, while it resumed at 4pm in the 14 affected areas, Dkhar said, adding it would be relaxed between 5am and 7am respectively on Saturday, the DC said.

Shillong had been in the grip of violence following the assault of a bus handyman and his two friends by Sikh residents in the Punjabi Lane area of the city.

The Meghalaya government’s high-level committee directed the Directorate of Land Records and Survey to conduct a fresh survey of the Punjabi Lane area, also called the Sweeper’s Colony, to find out who actually own the land in which Sikh people live.

Fresh land survey of the area is required to get clarity on the ownership of the land since one portion of it belongs to the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) and another to the tribal Mylliem chieftain, said deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong, who is chairman of the committee.

The directorate has been given 10 days time to complete the survey, he said, adding that neither the SMB, the Mylliem chief (Syiem) nor the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council has a detailed map of the area.

First Published: Jun 08, 2018 23:27 IST