SHILLONG, Jun 7: With further improvement in law and order situation in Motphran and adjoining areas, the East Khasi Hills district administration on Thursday relaxed curfew for nine hours tomorrow in all areas falling under Lumdiengjri Police Station.
According to Khasi Hills, Deputy Commissioner, Peter Sansan Dkhar, the curfew will be relaxed from 7 am to 4 pm and will be promulgated again with effect from 4 pm and until further orders 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).
Also, night curfew in other parts of the city has been relaxed. According to the Deputy Commissioner, on Friday night curfew in Shillong Agglomeration 8 pm to 5 am on Saturday and till further orders.
However, Dkhar said that the suspension of internet service on mobiles will continue for another 24 hours.
“We will again review the situation before taking a final call for resuming of the internet service on mobiles,” the Deputy Commissioner stated.
Earlier, Home Minister, James K Sangma said that the Government has asked the Deputy Commissioner to take a call for resuming of the internet service after assessing of the situation.
It may be mentioned that the Government had to suspend the internet service in mobiles after the law and order situation had aggravates at Motphran and its adjoining areas on the night of May 31 night following rumours which had spread in the social media about the death of one of the local youth who was assaulted by residents of sweeper colony at Them Iew Mawlong.
The rumours went viral and created panic and anger among the Khasi locals who later assembled and started marching towards the Sweeper’s Colony at Them ïew Mawlong.
On Thursday during relaxtion of curfew hours, police personnel were seen patrolling Motphran area.
Para-military forces were also seen patrolling largely unaffected areas like Laitumkhrah, Laban and other parts of the city to instill sense of security among residents.
Soon after when curfew was re-imposed in Motphran and the adjoining areas, police personnel at Umsohsun were seen patrolling the area and questioning people who passed through that area after the imposition of curfew.