Night curfew had been imposed across Shillong,the state capital of Meghalaya following breakdown of law and order in Motphran, Mawkhar and adjoining areas.
The imposition of curfew in Shillong Agglomeration followed violence in curfew bound areas in Motphran and Mawkhar. The violence refused to die down as unruly mob continued to indulge in stone pelting on the police.
In fact, authorities had imposed curfew in areas under Lumdiengjri police station and Cantonment Beat House from 0400 hours last morning following collapse of law and order after a clash that broke out between police and an irate mob at Motphran area.
The mob gathered at Motphran area till yesterday morning as they wanted to march to Them Ïew Mawlong after drivers of the Shillong Public Transport Service buses engaged in a scuffle with some persons residing at Them Ïew Mawlong (sweeper’s lane).
“There is likelihood of serious breach of peace across the city which may lead to acts of arson targeting vehicles and causing loss of life and property. Night Curfew is being imposed from 2200 hours to 0500 hours in Shillong Agglomeration with immediate effect and until till further orders,” Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, Peter. S. Dkhar said.
“The situation is very tense in the area. We have arrested a number of stone pelters and many of the policemen have been injured after they were hit by stones,” Superintendent of Police in-charge East Khasi Hills district, Davies Marak, said.
Earlier, a high level meeting to review the situation was chaired by the Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma in which Cabinet Ministers, Senior Civil and Police Officers attended.
A meeting was also held by Deputy Commissioner, Shillong attended by the MLAs and Headmen of the affected areas, and various organizations in which it is unanimously agreed that all possible steps be taken to restore normalcy.
“It has been observed that false news and propaganda played a vital role in raising tempers and inciting violence. The government is committed to bringing back normalcy to the city and all efforts have been made including deployment of more force to prevent miscreants from taking advantage of the situation,” a government statement said.
The government has also appealed to the people to remain calm and not to fall prey to rumours which have been spread to create fear psychosis and incite people to indulge in violence.
“The present situation will hamper students who are at the beginning of the session and who are seeking admissions in various institutions inside the State as well as outside the State,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, a criminal case has been registered in Sadar Police Station in connection with the incident in which three boys were assaulted. The investigation of the case is in progress and 1(one) person has been arrested and search is on for the others involved in the crime. A magisterial inquiry has also been ordered to inquire into the incident as well as to identify the elements spreading rumours and inciting violence.
The government also made a fervent appealed to all citizens to maintain peace and extend help to bring back normalcy to the city at the earliest. (UNI)