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Curfew imposed at Mahendraganj in Meghalaya

Curfew has been imposed in Meghalaya’s Mahendraganj, a bordering town near the India-Bangladesh border after mob stormed a local police station and vandalised government and private properties on July 22.

The mob vandalised vehicles parked inside the police station premises as it was rumoured that police had shot at a ‘mentally disturbed’ man, who is known as Ahidul Islam after he snatched away an INSAS rifle from a constable late on Sunday night.

A police team rushed to Nadichar area soon after receiving information that Islam attempted to attack general public to prevent him from inflicting any casualty on the public.

“… in the process to catch hold of Islam, one of the constables dropped his INSAS rifle and while trying to recover he fell into the river. Islam grabbed the rifle and ran away from the spot,” a police official said.

The police official said Sub Inspector ER Marak triggered blank fire to deter Islam from carrying away the rifle and fleeing away, news agency UNI reported.

South West Garo Hills district Deputy Commissioner Ram Kumar said Curfew was imposed to prevent further untoward incident and calm the situation. The situation was under control.

Kumar said the whereabouts of Islam is still unknown but the search is on to locate his whereabouts and the rifle.

He said a magisterial inquiry in to the incident will be ordered.

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