Shillong limping back to normal


Shillong, the Meghalaya capital, is slowly limping towards normal after violent clashes broke out on Thursday that continued to spread till yesterday. Clashes broke out between a group of bus drivers and conductors and Punjabi-speaking residents of Them Metor locality of the Meghalaya capital after a caretaker of a bus was allegedly assaulted by a group of residents of the locality on Thursday afternoon.

Curfew was first clamped in at least 14 localities of Shillong at 4am Friday. However, with the situation improving after Saturday evening, prohibitory orders were relaxed for seven hours from 8 in the morning today till 3pm in areas falling under Lumdiengjri Police Station.

Curfew was relaxed in Jaiaw, Mawkhar, Umsohsun, Riatsamthiah, Wahingdoh, Mission, Mawprem, Lumdiengjri, Lamavila, Qualapaty, Wahthapbru, Sunny Hill, Cantonment, Mawlong Hat including Cantonment Beat House Areas (Excluding localities beyond Umshyrpi Bridge) following an order by the district magistrate of East Khasi Hills district.

Curfew was, however, clamped once again from 3pm.

Security continues to be on high alert following the violence with Chief Minister Conrad Sangma appealing people to maintain peace and not heed to rumours.

Meanwhile, members of Shiromani Akali Dal met Meghakaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and urged him to take measures secure the safety of Punjabi-speaking residents in Shillong.