Meghalaya House Minister Lahkmen Rymbui has resigned amid violence in Shillong over police encounter of former militant, officers stated.
Curfew was clamped for 33 hours in Shillong and its outskirts, and web companies suspended in 4 Meghalaya districts after violence, together with setting afire a police automobile, on Sunday, following the “killing” of a former militant chief on Friday, officers stated.
In wake of the collection of incidents in Shillong and its outskirts, the Independence Day celebration was held in a really low-key method.
A police official stated that the protesters, who took out protest marches with black flags in Shillong on Sunday, accused the police for “killing within the identify of an encounter” militant outfit Hynniewtrep Nationwide Liberation Council’s former Normal Secretary Chesterfield Thangkhiew early on Friday.
A mob pelted stones on safety forces and set ablaze a police automobile belonging to the Mawkynroh Police Outpost at Jaiaw on Sunday afternoon. Police personnel, on the automobile together with the officer-in-charge of Mawkynroh Outpost, managed to flee.
The protesters reportedly took away the weapons of the fleeing policemen. Pelting of stones was seen in Shillong and a few elements of Meghalaya. Regardless of drizzling, a big crowd gathered on the residence of slain HNLC ex-leader at Mawlai space of Shillong on Sunday afternoon, whereas many individuals had been seen standing on the terrace and prime flooring of their homes holding placards in solidarity. Motorbike and different vehicle-borne protestors additionally went to numerous elements of town and its outskirts.
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East Khasi Hills District Justice of the Peace Isawanda Laloo, ordering whole curfew in Shillong and 13 different close by areas from 8 p.m. on Sunday to Tuesday morning, stated that data was obtained that there have been incidents of stone-pelting, arson, theft, and a severe breakdown of legislation and order in elements of Shillong metropolis and there’s each chance of additional breach of peace which can result in incidents inflicting lack of life and property.
State House Secretary C.V.D. Diengdoh, in a separate order, suspended telecommunication service for 48 hours (from 6 p.m on Sunday night) in 4 districts — East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi Districts.
“To stop the misuse of the messaging system together with SMS, WhatsApp and different social media platforms like Fb, Twitter and YouTube to disturb peace and tranquility in Meghalaya and for sustaining legislation and order, the telecommunication companies had been suspended,” Diengdoh stated in his order.
Friday’s “encounter” got here three days after the HNLC triggered an IED blast at a busy market space of town injuring two individuals, together with a lady, and damaging close by buildings in Shillong’s Laitumkhrah market. The banned HNLC had owned as much as the IED blast.
Meghalaya Director Normal of Police R. Chandranathan stated that investigations into the a number of IED blasts within the state have revealed the involvement of drug addicts and over-ground staff of the outlawed HNLC to hold out their nefarious actions.
Thangkhiew, who was a founding chief of the HNLC earlier than surrendering to the federal government in 2018, was cremated on Sunday.
The Meghalaya Human Proper Fee (MHRC) has additionally taken suo moto cognisance of his killing, and has requested the Chief Secretary to submit an in depth report on the incident inside 15 days, failing which the fee would conduct a probe by itself.
The principle opposition Congress has additionally earlier demanded an inquiry by the MHRC to establish the information behind the “encounter-style” killing of Thangkhiew by the police.
Its state Normal Secretary and former minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, in an announcement, stated: “Severe allegations are being raised by the residents on the police operation which resulted within the demise of a surrendered militant. An unbiased inquiry by the MHRC is important to search out out the precise information from each the police and the sufferer’s household.”
(With inputs from PTI, IANS)
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