Meghalaya clashes: Death toll rises to 3, at least 10 injured
he death toll in Meghalaya climbed to 3 on Sunday after ethnic clashes erupted between Khasi Students Union (KSU) members and non-tribals during a rally on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and inner line permit (ILP) in state’s East Khasi Hills district.
The third victim was identified as Uphas Uddin, 37, who hailed from Assam, said sources
Uddin was attacked by three miscreants at Paikan village in Shillong at around 2-45 am on Sunday, added sources.
Meanwhile, at least ten other persons were also injured in the clashes that took place on Friday.
So far eight people have been arrested in the connection with the clashes and a magisterial inquiry has been instituted to further probe the incident.
After a four-hour relaxation, curfew was re-imposed on Saturday in areas in the capital city Shillong. Internet services were also suspended in six of the eleven districts of Meghalaya.
“There is a likelihood of a serious breakdown of peace and tranquillity which may lead to loss of life and property… I do promulgate curfew in these areas from 8 am on March 1 until further orders,” District Magistrate Matsiewdor W Nongbri said in an order.
Amidst clashes, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma appealed for peace saying people should refrain from any kind of violent activities.
The chief minister also expressed solidarity and support with the people, especially with the family of the deceased.
(With inputs from Hemanta Kumar Nath and Agencies)