Shillong Unrest: No relaxation in curfew, Internet services suspended


Shillong, June 5: Curfew remains imposed on Tuesday in violence-hit areas in the Meghalaya capital Shillong while Internet services were also restricted even as the situation was showing steady improvement.

“For today (Tuesday) we have decided not to relax the curfew even as the situation in the area is slowly limping back to normalcy. We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district P.S. Dkhar told IANS.

“The Army is still on standby. Fifteen companies of Central Armed Police Force have been deployed and another 10 companies are on way to Shillong to assist the police in maintaining law and order,” a police officer asserted.

Meanwhile, the illegal sale of petrol and diesel has also been banned.

Following the violence between members of the Punjabi and tribal Khasi communities, the District Magistrate imposed curfew in some areas on June 1.

Curfew was relaxed for seven hours from 8 a.m. on Sunday but mobs continued to pelt stones at security forces, prompting them to fire tear gas.


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