Shillong: Curfew has been imposed in Shillong and adjoining areas with effect from 10 pm on Friday to 8 am on Saturday after one person was killed in a clash between Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) activists and alleged Bangladeshi immigrants at Ichamati under Shella constituency of Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district.
Following this the state government held an emergency meeting with the home minister, DGP and the DC of East Khasi Hills district.
Chief minister Conard K Sangma informed that an inquiry has been instituted and different companies of central armed police forces (CAPF) have been deployed. He said that considering the spillover effect in the capital town, Internet has been suspended and curfew clamped since 10 pm on Friday.
The chief minister also informed that as per their information, a meeting on Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and Inner Line Permit (ILP) had ended in Ichamati and people were dispersing when miscreants came in large numbers and attacked the members of the KSU. In that clash, many sustained injuries while a person lost his life.
Meanwhile, home minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that keeping in view the simmering tension, internet has been suspended and curfew imposed in Shillong, Shella and Sohra from Friday night. The home minister also said that the government is taking all measures to contain the violence and restore law and order.
According to a home department notification, SMS services of all mobile service providers have been limited to five per day, besides mobile internet/ data services of all mobile service providers being suspended for the next 48 hours starting 10 pm on Friday in six districts of Meghalaya — East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, West Khasi Hills and South West Khasi Hills.