New Delhi: A person was killed as violent clashes erupted between Khasi Students Union (KSU) members and non-tribals in Ichamati area of Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on Friday. Notably, the clashes broke out during anti-CAA and pro-ILP meeting held in Ichamati area. The deceased has been identified as Lurshai Hynniewta (35), a Khasi taxi-driver. Reports suggest some police personnel were also injured in the clashes. Also Read - Weather Update: Heavy Rains Expected in Northeastern States, Orange Alert Issued Till Tomorrow
Following the clashes mobile internet services were suspended in six districts as a precautionary measure. Officials said SMSes will be limited to five per day. Meanwhile, the curfew which was imposed in Shillong last night was lifted earlier in the day but most shops and businesses in the city remained shut. Also Read - Earthquake of Magnitude 3.2 Hits Shillong in Meghalaya: NCS
On the other hand, Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy has appealed to people to stay calm and not pay attention to rumours. “I appeal to all citizens in Meghalaya, tribal or non-tribal, keep calm. Don’t spread rumours and don’t listen to rumours. The chief minister has spoken to me. He assured me he is taking all necessary steps. The prime requirement now is to maintain law and order,” the governor said in a statement. Also Read - No Holi Celebration, Gathering in Public Places This Year: Meghalaya Govt Issues Guidelines
Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui has condemned the incident in Ichamati. Furthermore, he informed that a magisterial inquiry has been initiated into the incident to find out the truth.
(With agency inputs)