Curfew in Shillong again from 4 pm today, situation tense after mob pelts stones at security forces
Curfew in Shillong was relaxed for seven hours from 8 am on Sunday, but mobs continued to pelt stones at security forces forcing the police to fire tear gas shells.Updated: Jun 04, 2018 21:13 IST
The authorities on Monday extended curfew in the Meghalaya capital as violence continued in tension-hit areas the previous night with mobs indulging in stone-pelting on security forces for the last four days.
“Curfew has been imposed from 4 pm on Monday to 5 am Tuesday in Shillong as there is likelihood that breach of peace may spread to other parts of the city,” Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, Peter S Dkhar told IANS.
“The situation is very tense in those areas,” he said, adding that suspension of internet on mobile services would continue besides prohibiting the illegal sale of petrol and diesel.
The Centre has approved deployment of six additional companies of paramilitary forces in Shillong, a top official told PTI. “The Home Ministry has sanctioned the deployment of four additional CRPF and two ITBP companies. The state’s SF-10 commandoes along with a CRPF company and the district forces are already monitoring the situation on the ground,” Director General of Police (DGP) SB Singh said.
Three CRPF personnel were injured when local protesters pelted stones at their camp in Mawlai on Sunday night, an official of the central paramilitary force said on Monday.
Meghalaya Home Minister James Sangma appealed to people to stay calm and said the government is doing everything to restore peace in the city.
“The agitators should stop protesting as the government has already met many of their demands, which included the arrest of the accused in the assault of the bus handyman on May 31,” he said.
On June 1, the district magistrate imposed curfew in areas under Lumdiengjri police station and Cantonment Beat House in view of the breakdown of law and order in Motphran, Mawkhar and adjoining areas following the May 31 clash.
Although, the curfew was relaxed for seven hours from 8 am on Sunday, the mob continued to pelt stones at security forces forcing the police to fire tear gas shells.
The mob also attacked an undertrial prisoner van carrying a mentally-unstable person, who was referred to be admitted at the KJP Robert Hospital, Inspector General of Police, H. Nongpluh told IANS.
On Sunday, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the police have “found out that there are certain people who are funding this agitation”.
Meanwhile, a Sikh delegation led by Delhi legislator Manjinder Singh Sirsa met Sangma and expressed satisfaction that the “Sikhs were safe” in Meghalaya.
Shillong-based Sikh community leader Gurjeet Singh denied media reports that a gurudwara was torched or desecrated.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has also denied rumours of the alleged attack.
The clash erupted after a skirmish between some women and a driver of Shillong Public Transport Service bus at Them Meteor, which led to an assault of three persons.
The violence continued even after the parties involved in the skirmish reached a compromise.