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Hundreds gathered in Shillong on Sunday to pay their last tributes to former HNLC leader Cherishterfield Thangkhiew, who was recently killed in an encounter.

People who came to the ex-HNLC leader’s funeral were seen wearing black clothes as a sign of protest against Thangkhiew’s alleged ‘fake encounter’. Chants of “long-live HNLC” were heard loud and clear when the mortal remains of Thangkhiew were taken to the graveyard.

The funeral services of Cherishterfield Thangkhiew were carried out in the Lawmali area of Shillong.

Meanwhile, incidents of vandalism and arson were reported from various parts of the region in protest of the death of Thangkhiew.

In response, internet services were suspended for 48 hours from 6 pm on Sunday and a total curfew has also been imposed by the District administration of East Khasi Hills from 8 pm onwards.

Earlier, social organisations and pressure groups had called for a ‘black flack day’ on August 15 in protest against Thangkhiew’s alleged ‘fake encounter’.

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