Curfew relaxed partially in Shillong, Sohra; internet ban continues

Curfew has been relaxed partially in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong with no reports of any fresh violence from parts of the city on March 4, an official said.

The district authorities have decided to relaxed curfew in commercial areas – Police Bazaar areas and Anjalee cinema areas bordering Iew Mawlong from 12 noon to 4pm on March 4.

Moreover, curfew has been relaxed in Sohra (Cherrapunjee) town from 8am to 6m on March 4, while in Shella areas from 8am to 1pm.

Meanwhile, 110 Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel arrived in Shillong on march 4 to assist the state police in maintaining law and order.

“The situation in the state is normal and under close watch,” Meghalaya police spokesperson, Gabriel Iangrai said.

Mobile internet service remained suspended for the next 24 hours from 10pm on March 3 in four districts – East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi.

However, the government has lifted the ban on mobile internet service in East and West Jaintia Hills district from 10pm on March 3.

The death toll in the clashes between tribal and non-tribal groups in the state rose to three on Sunday after a non-tribal was killed by three unidentified people at his house in East Khasi Hills district.

On February 28, clashes broke out between KSU members and non-tribals during a rally organised against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and to demand implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.

Eight people have been arrested in connection with Ichamati incident and a magisterial inquiry has been instituted to probe into the incident.

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