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Curfew in Shillong, cell web banned in four Meghalaya districts amid violence

Curfew was imposed in Shillong and cell web stopped in no less than 4 districts of Meghalaya on Sunday amid vandalism and arson over the police encounter of a high militant chief, who had surrendered, officers mentioned. The curfew was imposed in Shillong from eight pm on Sunday until 5 am on Tuesday, they mentioned.

Cellular web was stopped for 48 hours, starting at 6 pm, in East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi districts, they mentioned.

Stray incidents of vandalism and arson have been reported, having the potential to disturb public peace and tranquility and trigger a menace to public security, Dwelling Secretary CVD Diengdoh mentioned, quoting experiences from the police headquarters.

Violence was reported from these areas as Cheristerfield Thangkhiew, a militant who had surrendered, was laid to relaxation at a cemetery in Shillong after being killed by police in an encounter at his residence on August 13. Thangkhiew was suspected to be the mastermind of a spate of IED assaults since his give up in 2018, police mentioned.

Director-Basic of Police R Chandranathan mentioned there was ample proof in opposition to Thangkhiew when he despatched his staff to arrest the “retired” general-secretary of the banned Hynniewtrep Nationwide Liberation Council (HNLC).

Thangkhiew allegedly attacked the police with a knife when his residence was being raided, scary a retaliatory shot during which he was killed, Chandranathan had mentioned.

Lots of of his supporters carried black flags as his physique was taken to the cemetery.

Authorities autos have been vandalised and a police automobile was set on hearth at Jaiaw space of Shillong allegedly by his supporters, police mentioned.

Banning cell web, the chief secretary mentioned, “Messaging programs like SMS, Whatsapp and social media platforms like Fb, Twitter and Youtube are seemingly for use for transmission of images, movies and textual content and have the potential to trigger critical breakdown of legislation and order.”

The curfew was imposed in Shillong by way of an order issued by East Khasi Hills district administrator Isawanda Laloo.

The Meghalaya Human Proper Fee has additionally taken suo moto cognisance of the encounter, noting, “The moment case seems to have resulted in gross human rights violation which in line with Article 21 of the Structure mandates for cover of life and private liberty for each individual inside the territory of India.”

The fee has directed the chief secretary to submit an in depth report on the incident inside 15 days, failing which the fee has mentioned it would conduct its personal investigation into the matter.

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