Shillong heaves a sigh of relief with lifting of internet ban

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, June 13: 12 days after fake information went viral on social media resulting in violence and thereby forcing the district administration of East Khasi Hills to impose curfew in the affected areas of the city, the authorities have now deemed it fit to lift the internet ban which was imposed since June 1.
The internet ban was imposed a day after three minor boys were assualted at Them Iew Mawlong that led to a violent protest by mob at Motphran area demanding shifting of settlers from Them Iew Mawlong.

 “The home department which reviewed the situation today has lifted the order of suspension of mobile internet services,” East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner P S Dkhar said here on Wednesday.
He said the decision was taken after the government was given inputs that the situation has returned to normal by the police.
It may be mentioned here that the violent protest by an angry mob led to a volatile situation in Shillong particularly Motphran and Mawkhar which continued for five days.
The mob had pelted stones at security personnel during the agitation while security forces resorted to firing of tear gas shells in mob control measures.
A high level committee was constituted to examine all records and documents, and recommend feasible solution on the pending demand to shift settlers from Them ïew Mawlong.
The committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong was asked to submit its recommendations to the government at the earliest.


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