SHILLONG, June 12: The stopping of internet services in Shillong which has caused a lot of problems for the residents of the city will continue till Wednesday and will stay in effect till the ongoing situation in the city is further reviewed.
This was informed by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of East Khasi Hills (EKH) PS Dkhar on Tuesday, who said that the shutdown of internet services which was imposed on June 1 will be extended for another 24 hours.
The district administration had taken this step in response to a clash which broke out between riot police and an angry mob which was trying to storm the Them Iew Mawlong where three minors were assaulted on may 31 last.
Although there was no untoward incident during the past seven days, the district administration is not taking any chances which may hamper the normalization of the situation, he said.
Security forces remained to be stationed in the affected areas and in the vulnerable areas in the city.
Night curfew which is enforced from 6 pm till 7 am the next day in the 14 affected areas and from 9 pm till 5 am the next day in the entire city will also continue, Dkhar said.
The state capital had been in the grip of violence since May 31 following the assault of a bus handyman and his two friends by Sikh residents in city’s Them Iew Mawlong area. The two parties reached a compromise but rumours of the death of the victims on social media led to protesters grouping in the area and attacked the security forces deployed in the area with stones and catapults.
The district authorities also ordered a magisterial inquiry headed by additional district magistrate I Majaw to probe the incident and to identify rumour mongers inciting violence.
Two persons were arrested in the assault case in the initial incident at Them Iew Mawlong, according to the DC.
A high-level committee was also formed by Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government to find a permanent solution to the issue of relocation of the residents of Sweeper’s Lane in Them Iew Mawlong which mainly comprises people of non – ethnic origin.