New Delhi, June 4: Situation in Shillong continued to remain tense after a mob tried to defy the curfew and storm inside the Meghalaya secretariat. The mob, mostly women, stormed inside the Meghalaya Secretariat shouting slogans demanding the ouster of Sikh settlements from the city. During the curfew, the Army personnel flag marches in Laitmukra, Laban, Secretariat, Bara Bazar areas. According to the reports, more flag marches will be carried out at 10 PM today.
The curfew in Shillong has been extended till 5 AM tomorrow as violence continued in some parts of the hill station under the Lumdiengjri police station and Cantonment Beat House areas and in the wake of the unrest, a team of CRPF and BSF battalion has been dispatched to help the state control the ongoing crisis, the Home Ministry said.
“The Home Ministry has sanctioned the deployment of four additional CRPF and two ITBP companies. The state’s SF-10 commandoes along with a CRPF company and the district forces are already monitoring the situation on the ground,” Director General of Police (DGP) S B Singh confirmed. The Ministry took the decision considering the Meghalaya government’s demand for the deployment of additional central paramilitary forces.
The Home Ministry officials on Monday said the Central government is in touch with the Meghalaya government and is closely monitoring the situation in Shillong.
A curfew was imposed after a group of nearly 400 people pelted stones at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp near Mowlai Bridge on the night of June 3. The clash took place after an altercation between a driver, employed with the Shillong Public Transport Service, and some Punjabi women in Theme lew Mawlong, a Punjabi settlement in Shillong with around 350 households.
A 4-member delegation, sent by Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Monday met Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma at the state secretariat in Shillong. CM Sangma assured safety and security to every Sikh family in Shillong.
With agency inputs