Curfew Relaxed In Shillong, 500 In Army Shelters Following Clashes Between Tribals And Punjabis

Curfew Relaxed In Shillong, 500 In Army Shelters Following Clashes Between Tribals And PunjabisPeople sheltered by the Army. (akdwaaz via Twitter)

Following a night long curfew in the city after sporadic acts of violence, while the overall situation has improved, tensions still prevail in Shillong. The curfew in the city has been lifted from the city till 3 pm today (3 June) but internet services remain suspended, as reported by Business Standard.

The violence, which spread after clashes between tribals and minority Punjabis , saw Section 144 being clamped on the city. The Army has so far rescued 500 people along with 200 women and children who remain sheltered with the Army.

Internet services in the city were suspended earlier to stop the spread of fake news like attack on Gurudwara, tribal children getting killed etc. The situation was brought under control after the curfew with Army having to conduct flag marches to restore order.

Atleast 10 people, including a policeman have been injured in the violence till now and four people were arrested for assaulting the locals. 11 others were also detained for attacking the police. Meanwhile, protests demanding action against illegal settlers in the city’s Them Iew Mawlong area continued.

"We have taken action on their demands. I hope that the agitators see that and they cease these kind of activities," Meghalaya’s Home Minister James K Sangma told ANI, appealing for calm.