Assam’s Special DGP, GP Singh, has warned residents not to travel to Shillong till the Meghalaya capital city’s curfew is lifted.
Why has curfew been imposed in Shillong?
After a large rise of protests in Shillong following the execution of former HNLC leader Chesterfield Thangkhiew, the Meghalaya government enforced a curfew on Sunday.
“Curfew has been imposed in Shillong due to Law & Order issues. People from Assam are advised not to travel to Shillong till curfew continues,” GP Singh tweeted while sharing a copy of the curfew order.
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Other preventive measures
As a precaution, the Meghalaya government has banned mobile internet services in four areas of the state.
East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, and Ri-Bhoi area are the four districts where mobile internet services have been discontinued.
With effect from 6 p.m. on Sunday, mobile internet services in these four regions have been suspended for the next 48 hours (August 15).
Order issued by Home Secretary CVD Diengdoh
According to an order issued by Home Secretary CVD Diengdoh, the East Khasi Hills district deputy commissioner enforced a curfew in Shillong Agglomeration until 5 a.m. on August 17 or until further notice.
After the assassination of surrendered HNLC commander Chesterfield Thangkhiew in the early hours of Friday, protests erupted in Shillong.
On Sunday morning, a scuffle erupted between demonstrators and police on Shillong’s GS Road, with irate protesters pelting stones at a police vehicle.
Black flags spotted around the city of Shillong
During the Independence Day celebrations in Shillong on Sunday, black flags were seen in various spots.
The Black Flags were supposedly raised by activists from the “Voice of Mawlai People” in protest of HNLC leader Chesterfield Thangkhiew’s alleged “assassination.”
The organization’s activists gathered in great numbers at the Mawlai Bus Stand to denounce the ‘death.’
Hundreds of people marched to Chesterfield Thangkhiew’s home for the funeral services, waving black flags.