Meghalaya CM Appeals For Peace, Orders Magisterial Probe Into Violent Clashes

Eight people have been arrested following the violent incident last at Ichamati under Shella Constituency, East Khasi Hills district.


Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma appealed to the citizens of the State to refrain from any kind of violence and ensure that peace is maintained. 

A magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident in which one Lurshai Hynniewta succumbed to the major injuries he suffered at Ichamati under Sohra Division.

He further informed the government has taken all measures to maintain law and order with the deployment of additional forces including the increase of manpower in Sohra Subdivision to monitor and contain the situation. 

To assess the prevailing situation, the Chief Minister along with his Cabinet Colleagues held a meeting with Additional  Chief Secretary (Home Police), DGP, SP,  DC of East Khasi Hills and officials of Political department on February 29th, 2020, where decision to enforce curfew in some areas of East Khasi Hills including ban on internet was taken. 

Eight people have been arrested following the incident on February 29th, 2020 at Ichamati under Shella Constituency, East Khasi Hills district.

Cases against the arrested individuals have been filed and the State Police is taking all steps to maintain law and order.

The Chief Minister conveyed his condolences to the family members of the deceased. An ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh will be given to the next of kin of the deceased. 

In Barabazaar area of Shillong, there were stabbing incidents on February 29th, 2020 in which one Rupchand Dewan succumbed to his injuries. A police investigation is underway to identify the culprit and take the necessary action as per law, the Chief Minister mentioned.

In a late-night tweet, Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy appealed people of the State to maintain calm. He apprised about his discussion with the Chief Minister and assured that necessary steps are being taken.

Violent clashes broke out when a group pf non-tribals, suspected to be illegal immigrants as alleged by Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), attacked the activists who were returning from an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act and pro-Inner Line Permit meeting. The clash led to the death of one person on February 28th, 2020.

The administration swung into action and Internet services were suspended for 48 hours beginning 10 PM on February 28th, 2020, in six districts of Meghalaya – East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, West Khasi Hills and South West Khasi Hills.

On February 29th, 2020, the curfew was lifted at 8 am, and between 11:30 am and noon, as many as ten non-tribal people were stabbed by unidentified miscreants at Bara Bazaar in Shillong. Dewan, a migrant labourer from Assam, died on the way to the hospital after being stabbed.

Immediately after, the curfew was clamped in the two areas under Sadar Police Station and Lumdiengjri Police Station. Curfew has been reimposed in entire Shillong city for 11 hours, from 9 pm to 8 am.

Following the clashes and stabbing incident, security has been tightened across the state. Two companies of the Central Reserve Police Force has been deployed.

The Meghalaya Police have arranged a vehicle to ferry the tourists, who are stranded due to the ongoing law and order situation in East Khasi Hills district.

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