The curfew imposed in parts of Shillong following massive violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act was relaxed on Friday for 12 hours, as the state remained peaceful, officials said.
The curfew, which was imposed on Thursday night in areas under
Sadar and Lumdiengjri police stations, was relaxed for 12 hours, from 10 am to
10 pm, as no untoward incident was reported during the curfew hours.
However, mobile internet and messaging services,
which were shut down for 48 hours beginning 5 pm Thursday, remained suspended. On
Thursday night massive violence erupted over the amended Citizenship Act in
Shillong. Protesters vandalized several vehicles and buildings in protests
against the new law.
According to the amended Citizenship Act 2019, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution in their countries will no more be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.