- Clashes eupted on Thursday between two communities in Shillong
- Was triggered by fight that left bus conductor, 3 young men injured
- Army conducts flag marches; mobile internet, SMS services snapped
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.
The police fired teargas shells and used canes to control the protesters who attacked them with stones between Mawkhar and Motphran areas.
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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