Curfew in Shillong amid violence in Meghalaya, mobile internet suspended in four districts


Curfew was imposed in Shillong and mobile internet services suspended in at least four districts on Sunday amid incidents of arson and vandalism following the death of a surrendered militant in a police encounter in Meghalaya. Officials gave this information. He said that curfew has been imposed in Shillong from 8 pm on Sunday to 5 am on Tuesday. Mobile internet was suspended for 48 hours from 6 pm in East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi districts, he said.

Home Secretary CVD Dingdoh, citing reports from the police headquarters, said that some incidents of sabotage have come to the fore which threaten to disturb public peace and harmony and may cause damage to public safety. The militant named Cheristerfield Thangkhiyu was killed on August 13 in an encounter by the police after he surrendered.


Incidents of violence were reported from these areas after Thangkhiyu’s body was buried on Sunday. Police said that Thangkhiyu had hatched a series of attacks with IED explosives after he surrendered in 2018.

Giving information about the decision to shut down mobile internet, the Chief Secretary said, SMS, WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube cannot be used for spreading such pictures, videos and messages which are likely to disturb law and order. danger of. Curfew was imposed by an order issued by East Khasi Hills District Administrator Iswanda Lalu.


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