Shillong on the Boil After Residents Clash With Bus Drivers, Cops; Curfew Imposed in 14 Localities

Shillong: Tension prevails in Meghalaya’s capital after a clash between Shillong Transport Public Service (STPS) drivers and Them Iew Mawlong area residents escalated, prompting the East Khasi Hills district administration to impose curfew in 14 parts of the city on Friday morning.

“The curfew was promulgated at 4 am on Friday in Jaiaw, Mawkhar, Umsohsun, Raitsamthiah, Wahingdoh, Mission, Mawprem, Lumdiengjri, Lama Villa, Qualapatty, Wahthapbru, Sunny Hills, Cantolment and Mawlong Hat,” said Deputy Commissioner Peter S Dkhar, adding that it will continue till further orders.

According to City SP Steve Rynjah, a clash broke out between the drivers of STPS buses and those residing at Them Iew Mawlong (Sweeper’s lane) on Thursday morning.

The clash was triggered after a bus conductor was allegedly assaulted by residents of the Them Mawlong area, also known as Punjabi Line. The incident led to a stand-off between the drivers and locals, which was pacified by Meghalaya police, and the youth was taken to Shillong Civil Hospital.

Meanwhile, by evening, rumours started doing rounds on social media that a local resident had died in the clash, which enraged people, who started marching towards the locality.

The situation soon turned volatile with an unruly mob of over 100 people pelting stones at police personnel deployed in the area. As the matters turned worse, more forces were requisitioned and anti-riot vehicles and fire tenders were rushed to the area.

Over 100 people pelted stones at police personnel deployed in the area (News18)

Rynjah said that the police were forced to open tear gas to disperse the mob as they had started pelted stones at 50 police personnel stationed in Motphran, and also tried to set police property ablaze. 

Unable to control the mob, Meghalaya police set up barricade at G S Road and prohibited entry and exit of vehicles in Motphran area. The officers had to rope in more armed police by midnight, but were unable to pacify the mob, following which the curfew was imposed early on Friday morning.

According to news agency IANS, a journalist and four civilians were also injured in the clash.


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