SHILLONG: The army was asked to be on standby and curfew continued in parts of Meghalaya’s capital Shillong for the third day on Saturday after night-long violence during which a mob burnt a shop, a house and damaged at least five vehicles besides injuring a senior police officer. At least 500 people have been given shelter in an army cantonment, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said. Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who chaired a high-level meeting on Friday, has appealed for calm.
There were sporadic incidents of stone-throwing at some places in the city last night. A petrol bomb was hurled by protesters at one place overnight. No one was injured. Besides these two incidents last night, the overall situation has improved, the police said.
The clashes broke out between police and a mob after a bus conductor was allegedly assaulted by a group of residents from the Them Iew Mawlong area on Thursday afternoon leading to violence between members of two communities that also left three boys injured.
Curfew was imposed in Shillong from 10 pm on Friday till 5 am on Saturday to maintain peace after violence continued in parts of the city. The army conducted flag marches on Friday. Mobile internet and SMS services have been indefinitely suspended in Shillong to prevent people from spreading rumours. Night curfew will remain. Eight people have been arrested in connection with the violence.