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Shillong Clashes: Curfew Imposed,internet services suspended

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Shillong, June 2: Curfew has been imposed in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong after the clashes turned volatile on Friday when an unruly mob of around 100 people pelted stones at police personnel in the city’s Motphran area.

A journalist and four civilians were injured in the clash.

Home minister James K Sangma convened a high-level meeting on the prevailing law and order situation in Shillong. “We are monitoring the law and order situation closely in Shillong and efforts are being made to bring normalcy in the affected areas,” Conrad Sangma said. He also urged the people to maintain peace.

The curfew was promulgated under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the state. “The curfew was promulgated at 4 am on Friday in Jaiaw, Mawkhar, Umsohsun, Raitsamthiah, Wahingdoh, Mission, Mawprem, Lumdiengjri, Lama Villa, Qualapatty, Wahthapbru, Sunny Hills, Cantolment and Mawlong Hat,” said Deputy Commissioner Peter S Dkhar, adding that it will continue till further orders.

Meanwhile, internet services have been suspended to avoid circulation of unsubstantiated content on social media.

The clash erupted after a bus conductor was allegedly assaulted by a group of people residing at Them Aew Mawlong (Harijan’s lane). The clashes took between Shillong Transport Public Service (STPS) drivers and Them Iew Mawlong area residents that prompted the East Khasi Hills district administration to impose curfew in 14 parts of the city.As the matters turned worse, more forces were requisitioned and anti-riot vehicles and fire tenders were rushed to the area.

“We (police) have tightened the security all over the city after miscreants set four vehicles on fire in four different locations at Motphran, Umsohson, Rynjah and Nongmynsong,” Davies Marak, the district police chief of East Khasi Hills said.Three stone pelters’ were arrested. The police seized petrol bombs and other sharp weapons from their possession.

Trouble escalated when rumours spread on social media that the handyman had succumbed to injuries, prompting a group of bus drivers to converge at Them Metor.

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UP Cong, PSPL protest against farm laws

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 The Congress and the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL), on Monday, held separate agitations in Lucknow to protest against the farmers’ bills.

Hundreds of workers of both the parties clashed with the police, which had to use mild force to disperse the crowds.

The Congress workers broke the barricades at the Parivartan Chowk while the PSPL workers shouted slogans outside their office in the Mall Avenue area.

Many workers of both the parties were taken into custody.

UPCC president Ajay Kumar Lallu said, “The police have used unwarranted force on our workers who were agitating peacefully. This is an infringement of our democratic rights. A large number of our leaders have been placed under house arrest while workers have also been prevented from participating in the programme.”

Source: IANS

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NIA court sentences IS recruit Subhani Haja to life imprisonment

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 A special NIA court here on Monday sentenced Islamic State recruit Subhani Haja Moideen for life and ordered a fine of Rs 2.10 lakh for waging war against the Government of Iraq.

The court on Friday had found Moideen guilty of the charges and said the punishment would be delivered on Monday.

Among the charges that the court found against Moideen include criminal conspiracy, besides Sections in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) also.

Moideen was arrested by the agency in October 2016.

Incidentally Moideen pleaded innocence in the court and said he has not undertaken any terror related activities and has not waged a war against any country.

However, Moideen is alleged to have received arms training along with Salah Abdeslam, an accused in the 2015 Paris terror attack which left 130 people dead.

The French police in 2018 had come to a jail here where Moideen was housed and took his statement.

Source: IANS

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SC allows CLAT aspirant suspected of Covid to appear for exam

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The Supreme Court permitted an applicant, who is suspected of being Covid-19 positive, to appear in the CLAT 2020 entrance exam scheduled on Monday.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah said the court is of the view that the applicant should be permitted to take his CLAT examination on September 28, in a separate isolation room to be provided by his Centre Superintendent.

The bench asked the applicant to ensure that a downloaded copy of the top court order is presented before his Centre Superintendent as early as possible by any other non-symptomatic person. “On such order being produced, Centre Superintendent shall provide a separate room for applicant to appear in the examination. Applicant shall enter into centre after other candidates take entry and shall first leave the examination centre,” said the bench.

The bench, disposing of the application, observed that the Centre Superintendent may also request the Chief Medical officer of the District or Superintendent, government hospital to provide a medical staff to render necessary assistance.

In the application, the student aspiring to clear the CLAT exam said that he is presently in isolation due to his being suspected of being Covid positive. “He is otherwise fine and is fully ready and prepared to give the Common Law Admission Test, 2020 (CLAT) examination scheduled to take place on September 28,” said the application.

The bench noted that according to its order on September 21, it had paved the way for CLAT 2020 taking all precautions and care for health of the students after following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

The applicant had argued that as per the admit card issued, Covid-19 symptomatic candidates will be allocated an isolated room but instructions have been issued by the consortium that candidates, who have been tested positive and are under medical surveillance or in isolation will not be permitted to take the CLAT, 2020 examination.

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