In a fresh tension, miscreants on Thursday evening torched a traffic booth and attacked three police vehicles, including a city bus, in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong, news agency ANI reported. The incident took place during a candlelight vigil organized by some groups to protest against the violence on the Assam-Meghalaya border on November 22.
Six persons, including five from Meghalaya and a personnel of the Assam Forest Guard, were killed in the firing incident at Mukroh area of West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.
In the latest incident, the protesters reportedly hurled stones and petrol bombs at police forces deployed to calm tensions. Security personnel resorted to firing tear gas shells to disperse the protesters and enforce the order.
S Nongtnger, SP of East Khasi Hills, Shillong, told ANI that three police vehicles, including a city bus and a gypsy, were damaged in the incident.
“The miscreants torched a traffic booth in the city and hurled petrol bombs at police personnel,” the SP said.
Amit Shah assured probe by central agency: Sangma
The violence took place even as Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday said Union home minister Amit Shah has assured that he would act on his request for a probe by a central agency into the “firing by Assam Police” along the states’ border.
He said during his meeting with Shah, he also demanded justice for lives lost in the firing and sought action against those responsible. He stressed that Assam Police personnel had fired upon “innocent people” in Mukroh village of West Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya.
Meghalaya suspend mobile internet for another 48 hrs
The Meghalaya government has decided to extend the suspension on mobile internet and data for another 48 hours after violence broke out in Shillong on Thursday. The suspension has been imposed in seven districts, an official statement read.
The suspension that began at 10.30am on Thursday has been extended for another 48 hours in the districts West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri – Bhoi, Eastern West Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, and South West Khasi Hills Districts .