Some fractions of Meghalaya remains tense after three people died and almost ten others injured in clashes between two groups in the past 2 days due to uproar over Citizenship Amendment Act.
Fresh clashes were reported Saturday morning after the 10-hour curfew was lifted in Shillong, causing the curfew to be reimposed in parts of the town.
“The curfew was lifted at 8 am, and between 11:30 am and noon, clashes occurred in Bara Bazar area, a commercial centre where people from all communities gather for trade,” as stated by Shillong SP Claudia Lyngwa.
The state’s security initiatives have been undertaken by two companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and additional companies that are scheduled to arrive, police said. Mobile internet services were suspended for 48 hours in six districts: East Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, East Jaintia Hills and West Jaintia Hills district.
A Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) leader on Friday died in clashes that erupted during an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and Inner Line Permit (ILP) implementation awareness rally in Ichamati.
Curfew was imposed in Shillong, Sohra and Ichamati under East Khasi Hills district.
While Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has appealed for calm, a review meeting on law and order situation was convened by Meghalaya home minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Saturday with the Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, top police officials and headmen of different localities.
Senior Congress legislator Ampareen Lyngdoh said the government should also convene an all-party meeting to discuss the prevailing situation.