The Meghalaya government suspended internet services in four districts for 48 hours after the situation turned worse following the death of a former leader of a banned militant group.
The Meghalaya government suspended internet connectivity in four districts and imposed a curfew after the law and order situation worsened in the state.
The situation in Shillong and other parts of Meghalaya turned worse, following the death of the former leader of a banned militant group.
The protests and violence against the killing of the former general secretary of HNLC, Chesterfield Thangkhiew, have been continuing in Shillong and other parts of the state.
In view of the worsening law and order situation in the state, the Meghalaya government suspended internet services for 48 hours in four districts: East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, and Ri-Bhoi district from 6 pm on August 15.
In a notification issued by CVD Diengdoh, secretary of Meghalaya Home department stated that: “Whereas, reports have been received from police headquarters in Meghalaya Shillong, that incidents of vandalism and arson, which have a potential public peace and tranquility, and cause a threat to public safety, have occurred in East Khasi Hills district and adjoining districts which may likely create breakdown of law and order.”
“ in order to prevent the misuse of the above-mentioned media to disturb peace and tranquility in the state of Meghalaya and for maintaining law and order, I, CVD Diengdoh, IAS, Secretary t the Government of Meghalaya, Home (Police) Department do hereby promulgate this notification under the provision of Section (ii) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, read with the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017 to prohibit the following types of media for the next 48 (forty-eight) hours beginning from 6 pm on 15th August 2021 in the 4 (Four) districts of Meghalaya namely, East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi districts,” said in the notification.
On the other hand, the deputy commissioner of East Khasi Hills district has imposed a curfew in Shillong Agglomeration with effect from 8 pm on August 15, till 5 am on August 17, or until further order.