Shillong: Following reports of communal tension at the Nongmensong locality in Shillong, Meghalaya home minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Friday warned people against spreading rumours and misusing social media without waiting for official notification.
The minister insisted the mob incident was not a communal one, saying, “It is bad if we paint every incident as a communal clash.”
At about 11:30 pm on Tuesday, police brought one man to the police station at Nongmensong after receiving information about two drunk men were creating ruckus in the area, Rymbui said.
“50-60 people then created a commotion in front of the police station, in which a police gypsy was vandalized. One CRPF personnel was also injured and is currently admitted at the Civil Hospital in Shillong,” Rymbui said.
Explaining the incident, Rebecca Gurung, a resident of Lumshyiap, said that two drunk men were creating a ruckus in their locality. “While one of them was laying on the ground, the other fled. We called the police; they beat him and took him to the police station. Later, the person who had fled the scene brought a mob with him and they started pelting stones,” said Gurung.
She added that the person who brought the mob seemed like he wanted to create a nuisance.
The situation was brought under control with the help of the police, residents and the local headmen, Rymbui said. “The police is investigating the matter and an FIR has been registered.”
The home minister reasoned that police need to act swiftly in such incidents “so that rumour-mongers don’t turn a small incident into a massive one for their own advantage.”
“Police should act swiftly so that people don’t get an opportunity to create their own narrative for their own advantage and turn a minor situation into a major one,” said Rymbui.
According to officials, security personnel have been deployed in the area and the situation is under control.