Shillong clashes: CM Conrad Sangma says ‘funded’; Punjab sends team

CLASHES between stonepelting protesters and security forces continued for the fourth straight night in Shillong on Sunday, with teargas shells fired in the area where the standoff had begun.Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters that “certain people” were funding the unrest in the city and added that evidence of alcohol and money being supplied to protesters had been found. Sangma also stressed that the clashes were not “communal” and were limited to a “particular locality”. Shillong has been on the boil since Thursday following a clash triggered by an altercation between a Khasi boy and a Sikh woman in a Punjabi settlement with around 350 households in Them Iew Mawlong. On Sunday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced he was rushing a four-member team led by Cabinet minister Sukhjinder Randhawa to Shillong. A government statement said the team would make a ground assessment of the situation in the troubled areas and extend all possible help to the Sikh community there. Singh’s announcement came after an Akali Dal team from Delhi visited Shillong on Sunday and met CM Sangma and Sikh residents of Punjabi Lane, where the altercation took place.Around 350 families live in ‘Punjabi Lane’. (Express photo by Abhishek Saha) Around 350 families live in ‘Punjabi Lane’. (Express photo by Abhishek Saha)Speaking to the media here, Sangma said, “There are individuals who were picked up and they have confessed that they had been given money to take part in this agitation…