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Shillong peaceful as curfew lifted briefly, more relaxation on Thursday

Curfew was relaxed on Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 12 noon after the security situation showed some improvement.

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Shillong, June 6 (IANS) With no untoward events reported during the curfew relaxation in violence-hit areas of the state capital on Wednesday, authorities decided on a slightly longer relaxation on Thursday.

Internet on mobile telephones however remained suspended.

Curfew was relaxed on Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 12 noon after the security situation showed some improvement.

“We have decided to further relax the curfew in 13 tension-hit areas under Lumdiengjri Police Station and Cantonment Beat House on Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. since the situation is improving and there have been no reports of any untoward incident,” Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district P.S. Dkhar told IANS.

The 13 areas are located near Iewduh, one of the busiest markets in the northeastern region.

On the other hand, the timing of the night curfew in Shillong Agglomeration remained unchanged from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“Though the situation in the area is slowly limping back to normalcy, we are keeping a close watch on the situation and the Army is still on standby,” Dkhar said.

Curfew was imposed in some areas on June 1 following violence involving members of the Punjabi and indigenous Khasi communities. The clash erupted after a bus conductor was allegedly assaulted by a group of people residing at Sweepers Lane area on May 31.

Sweepers Lane, known to the local people as Them Metor, is located in the commercial area of Shillong near Iewduh and is inhabited by Sikhs.

But for more than two decades, several indigenous Khasi civil society groups have demanded to re-locate Sikh inhabitants, living there since British times, as most of them are “illegal settlers”.

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Lalu Prasad ‘stable and recovering’, to undergo CT scan

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Incarcerated RJD President Lalu Prasad will undergo a CT scan on Friday to ascertain his exact health condition even as a senior officer said he was “stable and recovering”.

An official at the Hotwar jail in Ranchi said that the former Bihar Chief Minister’s health had caused concern after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on Thursday evening. Subsequently, a team of doctors from Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences examined the RJD leader.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta also rushed to the RIMS and met with the doctors treating the veteran politician. Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Jails) Birendra Bhushon said that Lalu Prasad’s health had deteriorated on Thursday but was now “recovering and stable”. Earlier, Lalu Prasad also underwent a Covid test and was found negative.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. The RIMS doctors have diagnosed that his kidneys are damaged to the extent of 75 per cent. Doctors could go for a dialysis if his kidneys’ functioning deteriorated further.

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Fire at Delhi’s ITO building, no casualties

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A fire broke out at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO on Friday here. No injuries were reported, and the blaze has been brought under control, the Fire Department said.

The fire started from a meter board of the building. “We received a call around 8.30 a.m. about a fire in the meter board at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. The fire was on the second floor of the building,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.

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Girl and father end life in UP

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A teenager battling depression for two years following her mother’s death ended her life, prompting even the father to take his life out of sheer hopelessness.

According to reports, Shalu, 18, first committed suicide by hanging herself because she could not come to terms with the death of her mother. Suraj, too followed suit, leaving behind two more daughters.

The incident took place in Nankari village in Khairabad area in Sitapur district on Wednesday. Circle Officer Piyush Kumar Singh said that Suraj, who worked as a tailor, lived there with his wife and three daughters. His wife had died two years ago and his daughter Shalu could not come to terms with the death of her mother.

“She went into depression and finally ended her life. Seeing this, Suraj also committed suicide by hanging form the same ceiling fan,” the police official said.

Both the bodies have been sent for the post-mortem. The police had filed a case and further investigations are underway.

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