Curfew further relaxed in Shillong, internet restored

SHILLONG, Jun 18: Curfew has been further relaxed in Motphran and adjoining localities of Shillong city which was hit by violent protests recently.

According to the East Khasi Hills district magistrate, Peter Sansan Dkhar curfew in areas falling under Lumdiengjri Police Station, like 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) has been relaxed for 16 hours from June 19.

The curfew has been relaxed with effect from 5 am to 9 pm in these areas.

“…and is promulgated again with effect from 9 pm to 5 am and until further orders,” Dkhar said in his order.

Meanwhile, in areas falling under Shillong Agglomeration curfew has been relaxed for 18 hours from June 19 with effect from 5 am to 11 pm and is promulgated again with effect from 11 pm to 5: am until further order.

It may be mentioned that curfew in Motphran and adjoining areas was clamped on the morning of June 1 after protesters and police clashed while in other parts of the city curfew was imposed on June 4.

Internet on mobile phones was also restored on Monday afternoon after it was suddenly suspended on Saturday.

On Saturday, the suspension of the internet services came four days after the government had restored internet services on mobile telephones on Wednesday (June 13).

Commissioner and Secretary for Home department, S Kharlyngdoh in a notification had said that the government after received reports from Director General of Police, Swaraj Bir Singh noting that a serious law and order situation continues to prevail in Khasi & Jaintia Hills and Ri Bhoi district having potential threats to public safety.

“… messaging systems like Whatsapp and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and You Tube are likely to be used for transmission of information like pictures, videos and texts that have the potential to inflame passions and thus exacerbate the law and order situation in the entire Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and Ri Bhoi district,” the notification had stated.

Kharlyngdoh said the government has suspended mobile internet services for 48 hours starting from 3 pm on Saturday and was finally restored on Monday afternoon.

To curb fake news and spreading of rumours by people with vested interests, the Meghalaya police has appealed to the public to desist from sending of such provocative hate posts/rumors/fake news, etc in the social media so that normalcy can be restored in Shillong city at the earliest while also appealing to the general public to desist from sharing/publicizing such posts without verifying the authenticity of the same.

The police had said that some people with vested interest(s) have posted provocative posts/hate messages/rumors/fake news etc in the social media which have lead to incitement of communal feelings/sense of insecurity, etc in the mind of certain sections of society.

The police have also requested that moderators/administrators of various groups in social media delete such post(s), if any, posted in their groups.

The Meghalaya police have also asked the moderators/administrators of various groups in social media to have a system in place to filter such posts before they are uploaded in the social media which unnecessarily creates confusion and fear in the minds of the general public.

Further, the police also requested that in case such posts come to the notice of the moderators/administrators of the various social media groups, then the same should be informed to the police by quickest means possible for immediate and necessary action from this end.

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