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Assam-Meghalaya Violence: Meghalaya Extends Mobile Internet Suspension, Assam Carriers Halt Fuel Supply


Seven districts in Meghalaya where the mobile internet suspension has been extended include West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi, Eastern West Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills and South West Khasi Hills.

The government of Meghalaya announced on Thursday evening that the suspension of internet and mobile data services had been extended for another 48 hours in seven districts. These seven districts include West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi, Eastern West Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills and South West Khasi Hills.

“Mobile internet services have been suspended in these districts until Saturday morning to prevent the spread of fake news that could foment unrest,” Interior Secretary CVD Diengdoh was quoted by PTI as saying.

Violence in Shillong

The decision was announced after further violence erupted in Shillong following the deaths of six people in a shooting on Tuesday. According PTIA candlelight vigil and protest sit-in were held on Thursday by different organizations, including the Khasi Students’ Union and the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo.

During the protest, some people set fire to a traffic station in Shillong and attacked three police vehicles, including a city bus. Protesters reportedly threw rocks and petrol bombs at stationed police forces to calm the situation, ANI news agency reported.

Police said they had to use tear gas canisters to bring the situation under control.

Seven people, including four police officers, were injured in the clash between angry protesters and police, Superintendent of Police (City) Vivek Syiem told PTI. “The perpetrators of the violence have not yet been identified,” police said.

Several organizations in Meghalaya on Friday announced a “non-cooperation movement” in the five hill districts.

Assam Police personnel stopped vehicles bound for Meghalaya for security reasons a day after violence at a disputed border crossing between Assam and Meghalaya that killed six people in Jorabat on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 (Photo PTI)

what happened tuesday

Six people have been killed after violence erupted near the Assam-Meghalaya border early on Tuesday after Assam rangers intercepted a truck believed to be loaded with illegally logged timber. The alleged clash happened in the area bordering West Karbi Anglong district in Assam and Mukroh village in the West Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya.

Assam Police officials said a team from the Forest Department intercepted the truck in West Karbi Anglong district. A mob from Meghalaya then attacked the rangers and state police, which led to gunfire from the Assam side to bring the situation under control.

Of the six people killed, five were tribal villagers from Meghalaya and one was a ranger from Assam.

West Karbi Anglong: Remains of a temple after it was vandalized by disbelievers following violence at a disputed border crossing between Assam and Meghalaya that killed six people, in West Karbi Anglong district, on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. (Photo PTI)( West Karbi Anglong: Remains of a temple after miscreants vandalized it following violence at a disputed border between Assam and Meghalaya (Photo PTI)

Other major developments in the issue of Assam-Meghalaya violence

> The Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) has sent letters to all PSU oil marketing companies including IOC, HPCL and BPCL informing them of its decision not to load fuel into the tankers destined for Meghalaya. The union has raised concerns over the safety of Assam vehicles in Meghalaya amid violence following the killing of six people at the interstate border

“Our drivers and handymen were attacked during unrest in Meghalaya earlier. Some of them were seriously injured. They became disabled all their lives. We cannot take any risk again,” said Ramen Das, Secretary General of the Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU). .

> Following the union’s statement, officials said late Thursday that the Meghalaya government was organizing police protection for trucks carrying commodities and tankers from Assam. Civilian Food and Supplies Director Pravin Bakshi also led the organization of police escorts to these vehicles.

> Hundreds of cars waited at gas pumps as people rushed to fill tanks, fearing shortages. Queues of cars caused traffic jams in Shillong and other parts of the state.

The Assam government on Wednesday handed over the ranger’s body to his family members after the autopsy, officials said.

(With agency contributions)

First post: STI

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