The Meghalaya government has imposed a curfew in the East Khasi Hills district with effect from 8 pm today (Sunday) following a massive surge in violent protests in Shillong against the killing of former HNLC leader Chesterfield Thangkhiew.
The government also snapped mobile internet services for the next 48 hours with effect from 6 pm today (Sunday) in the four districts of the state.
The four districts, where mobile internet services have been suspended are East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi district.
East Khasi Hills district Deputy Commissioner imposed curfew in Shillong Agglomeration till 5 am of August 17 or until further order, said an order issued by Home Secretary CVD Diengdoh.
The whole municipal area of Shillong, the whole of cantonment area, all areas under Mawlai Block including census towns, all areas under Mawpat Block including census towns, areas under Mylliem Block from Umshyrpi Bridge up to 7th Mile in Upper Shillong, Madanrting, Mawblei, Laitkor, Nongkseh, Umlyngka, Lawsohtun, Mawdiangdiand, Diengiong, Siejiong will come under the purview of the curfew.
Protests erupted in Shillong following the killing of surrendered HNLC leader Chesterfield Thangkhiew in the early hours on Friday.
On Sunday, black flags were spotted in several locations in Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, during the Independence Day celebrations.
On the other hand, a clash erupted between protesters and police on the GS Road in Shillong. Angry protesters pelted stones at a police vehicle on Sunday morning.