Shillong's identity as city of rock and roll and tranquility conceals polarisation kept alive by political rhetoric
Unknown to most, beneath the veneer of normalcy and rock and roll in Shillong simmers communal tension kept alive by polarising political rhetoric.
Shillong unrest: After violence, Conrad Sangma govt in Meghalaya to form high-level panel to address relocation issue
In view of the incident that triggered tension in Shillong that administration had to enforce a curfew, Meghalaya government has decided to set up a High-Level Committee (HLC). Problem began when a few women from Sweepers' Lane had an altercation with some employees of the Shillong Public Transport Service (SPTS) and it snowballed into a violent confrontation between the two groups.
Shillong unrest: Authorities extend curfew as violence continues; police says situation remains tense
The authorities on Monday extended curfew in the Shillong as violence continued in tension-hit areas the previous night, with mobs indulging in stone-pelting on security forces for the last four days.
There has been no damage to any gurudwara or other institutions belonging to the Sikh community in Meghalaya where clashes took place between a group of bus drivers and locals, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said on Sunday.
Shillong unrest: Fresh clashes reflect Meghalaya's past characterised by conflicts between tribals and 'outsiders'
Curfew continued to be imposed in Shillong for the third day on Sunday after it was briefly lifted for seven hours in areas under Lumdiengjri Police Station and Cantonment Beat House areas.