Violence in Meghalaya: stabbed man, burning shops

SHILLONG: A 28-year-old man was stabbed with a broken glass bottle in the Mawprem area here, as sporadic incidents of violence were reported from the other side after clashes between tribal and non-tribal groups that have left three people dead, police said Monday.

They said that four stores rented to non-tribal businessmen were set on fire in the city of Photkroh, in the south, in the early hours.

Police said no one was injured in the incident.

A 28-year-old man was stabbed with a broken bottle by an unknown malefactor Sunday night while walking in the Lower Mawprem area. He suffered shoulder injuries and is under treatment at the Civil Hospital, said Deputy Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Gabriel Iangrai said.

There were also reports of throwing stones on vehicles that were driving along the national highway near Puriang village on Sunday night, he said.

The situation in Meghalaya is under control and additional forces are deployed in vulnerable areas, AIGP said.

The curfew, which was imposed in the city and its surroundings, relaxed from 6 in the morning to allow students to attend board exams, said East Khasi Hills District Magistrate, Guerra from Matsiewdor.

He, however, said the curfew will be imposed again as soon as the exams are finished.

The indefinite curfew imposed on the areas under the Sadar police station, the Lumdiengjri police station and those under the Cantonment Beat House will continue, Nongbri said.

Most stores, banks and commercial establishments closed and assistance to government offices was poor in the affected areas, authorities said.

Mobile internet and messaging services have been temporarily suspended in six districts in the Khasi and Hills region to reduce rumors that can damage law and order, they said.

The death toll in clashes between tribal and non-tribal groups rose to three on Sunday after a 37-year-old man was killed by three unidentified people at his home in the East Khasi Hills district, police said.

Clashes had erupted between KSU and non-tribal members during an organized demonstration against the Citizenship Law (Amendment) and to demand the implementation of the (ILP) on Friday.

Eight people were arrested and a master investigation was initiated to investigate the incident, police said.