Shillong Violence Spreads Despite Curfew, 500 People In Army Shelter

Clashes broke out in Shillong after a bus conductor was allegedly assaulted by a group of residents in the Them Iew Mawlong area on Thursday afternoon leading to violence between two communities that also left three young men injured.

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The army was called in to conduct flag marches and curfew continued in parts of Meghalaya's Shillong


Shillong: 

Highlights

  1. Clashes eupted on Thursday between two communities in Shillong
  2. Was triggered by fight that left bus conductor, 3 young men injured
  3. Army conducts flag marches; mobile internet, SMS services snapped
The army was asked to be on standby and curfew continued in parts of Meghalaya's capital Shillong for the third day on Saturday after night-long violence during which a mob burnt a shop, a house and damaged at least five vehicles besides injuring a senior police officer. At least 500 people have been given shelter in an army cantonment, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said. Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who chaired a high-level meeting on Friday, has appealed for calm.

There were sporadic incidents of stone-throwing at some places in the city last night. A petrol bomb was hurled by protesters at one place overnight. No one was injured. Besides these two incidents last night, the overall situation has improved, the police said.

The clashes broke out between police and a mob after a bus conductor was allegedly assaulted by a group of residents from the Them Iew Mawlong area on Thursday afternoon leading to violence between members of two communities that also left three boys injured.

Curfew was imposed in Shillong from 10 pm on Friday till 5 am on Saturday to maintain peace after violence continued in parts of the city. The army conducted flag marches on Friday. Mobile internet and SMS services have been indefinitely suspended in Shillong to prevent people from spreading rumours. Night curfew will remain. Eight people have been arrested in connection with the violence.
 
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The clashes broke out between police and a mob after a bus conductor was allegedly assaulted by a group of residents from Shillong's Them Iew Mawlong area.

The government had imposed a curfew in areas under Lumdiengjri police station and Cantonment Beat House from 4 am on Friday as the unrest spread to Motphran, Mawkhar and adjoining areas following Thursday's clashes. However, angry demonstrators violated the curfew and continued to clash with police and threw stones.

The police fired teargas shells and used canes to control the protesters who attacked them with stones between Mawkhar and Motphran areas.

Superintendent of Police (City) Stephan Rynjah sustained injuries after he was hit by a rod and has been admitted to the Shillong Civil Hospital, a senior police officer said.

Several people, including policemen, have been injured in the violence, which has triggered demands that the government take action against alleged illegal settlers in the area.

(With Inputs From PTI)


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