No fresh incidents of violence reported from state; Class XII exams get underway amid tight security; CM Conrad K Sangma visits injured persons in Shillong civil hospital
Shillong: Apprehending serious deterioration of law and order, the district magistrate of East Khasi Hills District has decided to re-impose curfew in state capital Shillong and its adjoining areas from 6 pm on Monday to 6 am on Tuesday.
As per an order passed under Section 144 of the CrPC, East Khasi Hills district magistrate M War Nongbri also said that the curfew which was already in place in areas under Lumdiengjri PS, Sadar PS and Cantonment Beat House from 6 am on Monday will also continue till 6 am of Tuesday.
The decision of the district administration assumes significance as the Class XII exams (Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate or HSSLC examination) got underway across the state as per schedule on Monday. According to reports received here, normal attendance of students was visible in almost all the examination centres of the state.
Some students showed their admit cards to get pass the curfew to their examination centres in Shillong.
Meanwhile, chief minister Conrad K Sangma along with some of his senior ministers visited the civil hospital in Shillong and met some of the injured persons. He announced that the state government will bear the expenditure of all medical expenses of the injured persons.
Security arrangements have already been intensified as eight companies of central armed police forces (CAPF) have reached the ground zero to control the prevailing law-and-order situation.
Meanwhile, police sources confirmed that around 9 am on Sunday, one person was stabbed by unknown miscreants. He is now getting treatment at the Civil Hospital in Shillong. Incidents like stone pelting on vehicles plying through the National Highway in Puriang were also reported around 5 pm on Sunday.
Earlier, six persons were stabbed at Bara Bazar area of capital Shillong on Saturday morning, of which one succumbed to his injuries at Civil Hospital. Another critically injured person was shifted to Nazareth Hospital for further treatment.
Following this, curfew was re-imposed at Lumdienjiri and areas under Sadar Police Station of Shillong on Saturday afternoon.
Curfew was first imposed in Shillong and adjoining areas from 10 pm on Friday after one person was killed in a clash between Khasi Students' Union (KSU) activists and some non-tribals at Ichamati under Shella constituency of East Khasi Hills district.
Meanwhile, even though the situation is limping back to normalcy in most parts of capital Shillong, Sohra and Shella -- the areas impacted the most by the breakdown of law and order in Meghalaya in the past few days -- mobile Internet services were suspended for another 48 hours.
Earlier, mobile Internet services were suspended in six districts of Meghalaya --- East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, West Khasi Hills and South West Khasi Hills districts -- since 10 pm on Friday following violence in Ichamati in East Khasi Hills district in which one person was killed. SMS services of all mobile service providers were also limited to only five SMS per day.
With the new announcement, Internet services will remain suspended till 10 pm on Tuesday, or untill further notice.