Religious heads of various communities and religions, eminent citizens and other stakeholders taking part in a peace meeting in Shillong on Tuesday

Shillong: With the Northeastern state of Meghalaya limping back to normalcy and with curfew being relaxed in the entire Police Bazaar and Anjalee Cinema areas bordering Iew Mawlong in capital Shillong for a few hours on Tuesday, religious leaders and eminent personalities of the state came together for a peace meeting.

Heads of various communities and religions, eminent citizens and other stakeholders pondered upon the prevailing law and order situation in the state.

The meeting was held behind closed doors and was called by the deputy commissioner of East Khasi Hills Matsiewdor War and chaired by home minister Lahkmen Rymbui.

Addressing the media Rymbui said, “We have enlightened them on what steps the government has taken and what further steps the government will take and in what way they can help us. Rangbah Shnongs (headmen) and other stakeholders are unanimous that by any means peace and tranquility should return to Meghalaya at the earliest.”

Rymbui assured that the government will take all necessary steps to protect the lives and property of the people. He also added that the government is now contemplating in forming committees in different districts which would act as the facilitators of peace and tranquility.

“They are in support of the government’s resolution for implementing ILP in the state. They have requested for an alternative measure which could be taken so that the people of the state should feel that the government is being responsive to the problems of the citizens,” said Rymbui.

Several houses were torched following the clash in Shella area of Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on Friday

The development comes after 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.

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