SHILLONG, June 07: With normalcy returning to Shillong city, with no new protest related incidents recorded for a couple of day, East Khasi Hill District Administration on Thursday decided to further relax the curfew in the violence affected areas by nine hours while also reducing the night curfew duration for the entire city.
East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner PS Dkhar said informed that curfew in areas under Lumdiengjri Police Station, that is, Jaiaw, Mawkhar, Umsohsun, Riatsamthiah, Wahingdoh, Mission, Mawprem, Lumdiengjri, Lamavilla, Qualapatty, Wahthapbru, Sunny Hill, Cantonment, Mawlong Hat including Cantonment Beat House Areas (excluding localities beyond Umshyrpi bridge) has been relaxed for nine hours from Friday with effect from 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. It will be promulgated again from 4 P.M. onwards until further orders.
Also the night curfew will be in-effect from 8 P.M. to 5 A.M. in Shillong agglomeration from Friday onwards till further orders.
“The home department and the district authorities will further review the situation and decide on further relaxation of curfew in the disturbed areas,” he said.
Meanwhile, people have started brisk business at the Iew Duh (Bara Bazaar) and almost all shops in Police Bazaar area were open for the third day after the May 31 incident which forced the entire city to almost standstill.
Heavy security has been deployed in vulnerable areas of the city and the affected areas, a senior police official said.
Taxis were seen plying on the streets even as tourists were seen taking pictures and strolling around in important spots like the Golf Course, Ward’s Lake and at the Museum on Thursday.