SHILLONG, Jun 6: Shillong city is slowly limping back to normalcy after violent protests which erupted on May 31 even as the East Khasi Hills district administration further relaxed curfew for Thursday in areas under Lumdiengjri Police Station.
According to a statement issued by East Khasi Hills, Peter S Dkhar, curfew has been relaxed for seven hours in the 14 affected localities which include – Jaiaw, Mawkhar, Umsohsun, Riatsamthiah, Wahingdoh, Mission, Mawprem, Lumdiengjri, Lamavilla, Qualapatty, Wahthapbru, Sunny Hill, Cantonment, Mawlong Hat including Cantonment Beat House Areas (excluding localities beyond Umshyrpi bridge).
The curfew will be relaxed from 7 am to 2 pm and will be promulgated again with effect from 2.00 pm and until further orders.
However, night curfew in other parts of the city is still in force from 6 pm to 5am.
On Wednesday morning, as soon as curfew was relaxed in Motphran and adjoining areas people were seen rushing to Iewduh the largest commercial area in the state.
Roads leading to the market were choc-a-block with traffic throughout the hours when curfew was relaxed.
Debris mainly consisting of broken pieces of stones and bricks and other materials used by the protesters are piled in the area up even as these are being cleared.
Meanwhile, internet services on mobile phone is still being restricted.
Many of the people who depend on Iewduh for their earnings hoped that permanent state of normalcy returns to the area.
According to them due to the protests for the lasts five days the rates of vegetables have sky-rocketed.
One woman said that after the market was closed due to protests the price of vegetables like carrot and tomatoes have touched the Rs 100 per kilogram.