Meghalaya govt extends internet suspension by another 48 hours


Guwahati: Meghalaya government has extended suspension of mobile internet and data services for another 48 hours. Meghalaya cabinet delegation led by Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi and pointed out that the root cause of the incident is the disputed interstate borders.

On Tuesday mobile internet and data services were suspended following firing by the Assam Police that left five civilians of Meghalaya and an Assam forest guard dead in West Jaintia Hills district.

Sangma said, “Ongoing border talks have hit hurdles and in several areas confidence has to be built. Intervention of the government of India will be required. We have sought a probe by the CBI or NIA. The Home minister has assured that the Central agency will probe the incident.”

Sangma said, “The supply of essential commodities must not be disrupted and there must be cooperation from neighbouring states.”
Meghalaya Home Secretary C. V. D. Diengdoh, in a notification said that Tuesday’s firing incident at Mukroh village in West Jaintia Hills district had a potential to disturb public peace and tranquility, and cause a threat to public safety in the seven districts.

“Whereas, reports have been received from Deputy Commissioner, West Jaintia Hills District, Jowai and Police Headquarters, Meghalaya, Shillong that an untoward incident has occurred in Mukroh, West Jaintia Hills, Jowai, having a potential to disturb public peace and tranquillity, and cause a threat to public safety in West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri – Bhoi, Eastern West Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, and South West Khasi Hills, which may likely break down law and order. Whereas, reports have been received from Police Headquarters of arson and damages to vehicles having Assam registration from various parts of Shillong and other pockets of Jaintia Hills Districts”.

The notification added, “Whereas, messaging system like WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, You Tube etc. are likely to be used for transmission of information through pictures, videos and text, having the potential to cause serious breakdown of law and order.”

It said that, in order to prevent the misuse of the social media to disturb peace and tranquility in Meghalaya and for maintaining law and order, temporary suspension of mobile internet and data services were enforced for another 48 hours beginning from 10:30 am on Thursday.

The seven districts, where the suspension of mobile internet and data services were imposed, include, West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri – Bhoi, Eastern West Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, and South West Khasi Hills.

Vehicle movement from Assam to Meghalaya remained suspended for the third day. Tourists of Assam stranded in Meghalaya are escorted back to Assam. Tuesday’s clash between Assam Police and civilians near a village along the border with Meghalaya that left six people dead and several injured.

A traffic booth was set ablaze and a bus carrying security forces was attacked in Shillong on Thursday. A petrol bomb was hurdled. A candlelight vigil was organised in Shillong where people vented against Assam police, Meghalaya government.

Government of Assam has constituted an Inquiry Commission headed by Justice Rumi Kumari Phukan (Retd.) to inquire into the circumstances leading to the incident occurred at Mukhrow under Jirikinding P.S. of West Karbi Anglong District resulting in the death of five civilians and one Home Guard.

The Commission of Inquiry will submit its report within two months from the date of issue of Notification.

The Inquiry Commission has been constituted under Section 3 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952, to ascertain the facts, circumstances and the exact reason of the firing incident which resulted in the death of six persons.

Massive queues of vehicles were seen at petrol pumps across Meghalaya on Thursday as Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) sent letters to all PSU oil marketing companies, including IOC, HPCL and BPCL, informing them about its decision to not load fuel in tankers.

The union expressed concern over the safety of Assam vehicles in Meghalaya. The state government has appealed to the union to reconsider its decision


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