Shillong: Curfew was imposed in some parts of Meghalaya’s state capital Shillong on Friday following a clash that broke out between the police and a violent mob in the city’s Motphran area.
The Army held flag marches in disturbed areas and rescued around 500 people on Saturday after 10 people were injured in violence and arson the previous night.
“Curfew has been imposed in areas under Lumdiengjri police station and Cantonment Beat House from 4 am this (Friday) morning in view of the breakdown of law and order in Shillong city (Motphran, Mawkhar and adjoining areas) following the violent clash on Thursday night,” deputy commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, Peter. S. Dkhar said.
Parts of Shillong remained under curfew for the second consecutive night on Saturday, and the suspension of internet services was extended till Sunday afternoon to prevent the spread of rumours.
The local Khasi community then started demanding that the government should act against illegal settlers. Miscreants tried to attack residents in Punjabi Lane in the Motphran locality, The Tribune reported.
Late on Friday, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma assured his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh on the safety of the Sikh community.
The clash erupted after a bus conductor was allegedly assaulted by a group of people residing at Them Aew Mawlong (Harijan’s lane).
However, the situation turned volatile later in the night when the mob attempted to march towards Them Mawlong and started pelting stones at the police deployed in the area.