3-month long night curfew likely to lifted from tomorrow

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HT Correspondent

SHILLONG, Aug 18: After almost three months, night curfew is likely to be withdrawn from Shillong on Monday, a Meghalaya government official informed here on Saturday.

“It’s almost three months now, the night curfew in Motphran and Shillong city continues. But now the district administration is likely to withdraw the night curfew from Monday next,” he said.

However, the decision will be taken after proper verification on Monday, he also said.

Meanwhile, the police are also keeping strict vigil in the area which turned into a battle zone in June following the assault of a few locals at Harijan Colony, a few meters from Motphran.

On May 31, stone pelting and arson rocked the area and it continued for more than a week. The situation turned from bad to worse compelling the state administration to deploy army personnel to conduct flag march in the city. The central armed forces were also brought in to bring the situation under control.

Half of the month the mobile internet service was banned to stop rumour mongering. The police have sent several notices to those allegedly involved in the violence.

The district administration is still assessing the situation before finally withdrawing security forces and the curfew, the officials further said.

Recently, a magisterial inquiry into the incident was submitted to the government for appropriate action.

The government-constituted High Level Committee is exploring ways and means to settle the issue of relocation of the settlers of Harijan Colony once and for all.

Recently, the High Level Committee asked municipality to carry on inventory survey at Harijan Colony.

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