Internet services have been suspended in Meghalaya’s Shillong on Friday even as incidents of stone pelting reported from Motphran and Mawkhar area of the city following a clash that broke out between a group of bus drivers and residents of Motphran area of the city on Thursday afternoon.
Police officials said mobile internet services have been suspended as a precautionary measure while curfew remained in force in the trouble-torn areas of the city.
PS Dkhar, Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district said that the curfew will be in force till further orders.
“The curfew was imposed at 4 am today and will remain in force till further orders,” Dkhar told reporters.
Police said curfew has been imposed Jaiaw, Mawkhar, Umsohsun, Raitsamthiah, Wahingdoh, Mission, Mawprem, Lumdiengjri, Lama Villa, Qualapatty, Wahthapbru, Sunny Hills, Cantonment and Mawlong Hat.
According to police, trouble escalated when rumours spread on a social networking stie that a bus driver had succumbed to injuries. The police had to fire teargas shells to bring the situation under control.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma held a meeting with top officials at secretariat to review the situation.
East Khasi Hills district DC has also convened a meeting with the village headmen of the area as a step to bring back normalcy to the city.
Meanwhile, expressing concern over the incident, the All Assam Sikh Youth Association (AASYA) has appealed to the citizens of Shillong to maintain peace and harmony.
The Khasi Students’ Union, a student union of Meghalaya has held an emergency meeting to discuss the incident and future course of action, Hindustan Times reported.