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After Assam, violence rocks Meghalaya; curfew imposed in Shillong, Internet services shut down
IFP Bureau | First Published: December 13, 2019 13:13:35 pm
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As violence in Assam over the amended Citizenship Act 2019 spread to Meghalaya on Friday, the state government has imposed curfew in Shillong in a bid to control the burning law and order situation and internet services in the state have been shut down for 48 hours, official sources said.

Violence erupted in Shillong around 10 pm on Thursday night at the Bara Bazar commercial areas, according to reports. It said that around 50 unidentified miscreants pelted stones at the police and vandalized shops and vehicles in the area.

In view of the violent situation, the Meghalaya government on Friday announced curfew in Shillong and shut down Internet services for 48 hours.

The perpetrators of the violence are suspected to be members of several student groups in the state.

Meanwhile, the All Assam Students Union on Friday held indefinite hunger strike in Guwahati, continuing their protest against the amended Citizenship Act and demanding scrapping of the Act.

On Thursday, Assam burned with rage against the amended Citizenship Act despite the curfew imposed in 10 districts of the state. The protests turned violent as the protesters resorted to arson and the police opened fire to control the situation. The resulting clash between the agitators and the security forces claimed the lives of three persons and injured several others. In view of it curfew has been extended in the state till Friday.

In Arunachal Pradesh, there are reports of fuel shortage owing to the strike and curfew in Assam.

Northeast India has been remaining volatile over the citizenship issue, fearing the Act would adversely affect the demography of the states in the region with the influx of more immigrants to the region from neighbouring Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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