SHILLONG, June 03: A day long of peace after the relaxation of curfew in the troubled area of the city was shattered after hours of restraint of the state police finally gave – in when a group of unruly mob started targeted the cops with catapults and stones on Sunday evening.
Hours after the curfew was re-imposed, tensions built up as a mob started gathering once again. The crowd was however dispersed by community leaders.
Amid all this the MLA of Shillong North constituency Adelbert Nongrum along with the community leaders met the District Magistrate at ground zero and discussed ways to diffuse the situation.
Soon after his short meeting with the authorities a shot from a catapult when whistling past Nongrum, missing him by inches as he was walking back while in conversation with few journalists. Nongrum was immediately pulled by journalists behind a vehicle for safety as more shots from the catapult flew by.
The police stepped in and walked Nongrum to the other side with shields protecting him.
As nightfall descended, the catapult shots continued followed by stone pelting and the police started to retaliate with tear gas.
Four youths were also picked up by police during the clash. As the evening progressed the clash deteriorated and petrol bombs were also hurled.
Also, police on Sunday did not restrict itself to the Motphran point unlike other days and chased the trouble mongers into narrow lanes and alleys of the locality.
The shots of the tear gas shells continued till late night.
It was informed that due to rumor mongering, sporadic incidents of violence took place in parts of Ri-Bhoi district and the district administration has suspended internet services in the entire Khasi and Jaintia Hills region. However, when the Deputy Commissioner of the East Khasi Hills district, PS Dkhar was contacted he said that he is not sure about the other district other than Shillong.
Asked about curfew, he informed that it will continue in Motphran and its adjoining areas like before until further notice.
On the political front, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has called for a meeting of all the political parties to discuss the issue on Monday.
Also, a delegation of the Punjab government will also be arriving on Monday. A meeting of the state CM with the delegation is also on the cards.
Meanwhile, the Girls’ wing of KSU on Sunday staged a protest at Laban Laststop against the police for not immediately arresting the assaulters of the three minor boys and the bus driver after an FIR was lodged, which the KSU girls wing felt would have ended the issue then and there.
They also protested against the delay of the government in restoring order.