Shilling, June 2: Night curfew that was imposed in the capital of Meghalaya on June 1 following an altercation between a Khasi boy and Punjabi women, leading to communal clashes in various parts of the city, remained imposed on Saturday, ANI reported. Internet services also remained suspended in the region all through the day. Peter S Dkhar, Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, told IANS yesterday that curfew is being imposed because “there is a likelihood that breach of peace may spread to other parts of the city”.
There was also a clash between the police and a mob with miscreants indulging in stone-pelting. Police fired teargas shell and carried out baton charge as the unruly mob attacked them with stones between Mawkhar and Motphran. The clash erupted after a bus conductor was allegedly assaulted by a group of people residing at the Iew Mawlong area. “The situation is very tense in the area. We have arrested a number of stone pelters and many of the policemen have been injured after they were hit by stones,” Davies Marak, the district police chief of East Khasi Hills, told the news agency. According to reports, 10 arrests have been made so far in the case.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, after reviewing law and order situation in the city, called up his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh to assure him of the safety of people from the northern state and their religious institutions following communal clashes. Sangma also assured Amarinder Singh that no damage has been done to any religious place or institution belonging to the people from Punjab in Meghalaya. Amarinder requested Sangma to keep him informed of the situation and extended any help needed to defuse the tension.