Shillong on the edge after Thursday night’s clashes between two groups, night curfew still in place


The situation in Shillong is still tense after clashes broke out between a group of bus drivers and residents of Them Metor locality of the Meghalaya capital on Thursday. Curfew has been clamped in at least 14 localities of Shillong while internet services have also been suspended after the clashes turned violent.

Clashes first began after a caretaker of a bus was allegedly assaulted by a group of Them Metor residents on Thursday afternoon. The situation took a turn for the worse after rumours spread on the social media that the bus caretaker succumbed to his injuries. An irate mob that included bus drivers and conductors allegedly clashed with the people. Irate mobs also pelted stones on police and security forces in which many cops were also injured.


Curfew was first imposed at 4 am on Friday with authorities suspending internet services to prevent rumourmongers from spreading wrong information through social media sites.

Meanwhile, there are reports of an angry mob targeting a vehicle from Assam in which the driver was injured.

Meghalaya Home minister James K Sangma chaired a high-level meeting with senior police and administration officials and said the government is monitoring the law-and-order situation closely. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma appealed to the people to maintain peace.