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Meghalaya clashes: Death toll rises to 3, police urges restraint

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Published: March 1, 2020 6:07:01 pm

Clashes were reported from Shillong’s Jaiaw and Langsning, and Sohra (Cherrapunji) town’s Iew Sohra market on Saturday. (File)

The death toll in Meghalaya due to violent clashes over the inner line permit (ILP) and the amended Citizenship Act (CAA) climbed to three on Sunday. The third victim has been identified as Uphas Uddin, 37, of Pyrkhan village. In a statement, Meghalaya Police said Uddin was attacked by three miscreants at his house in Pyrkhan village. He was rushed to Khamati CHC but doctors declared him brought dead.

Shillong witnessed fresh violence Saturday as a group of unidentified people went on a stabbing spree in the state capital’s busiest market, attacking “non-indigenous” people, leaving one dead and nine injured. On Friday, a local taxi driver was killed in Ichamati area in East Khasi Hills district.

“We request citizens to exercise restraint and do not believe unverified information,” Meghalaya Police tweeted on Sunday.

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Clashes broke out between Khasi Students Union (KSU) members and non-tribals in Ichamati area of Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on Friday after a meeting called by the KSU to discuss the CAA and ILP issue.

PTI reported that the night curfew imposed in the Meghalaya capital after violent clashes was lifted at 8 am on Sunday except for areas under the jurisdiction of Lumdiengjri and Sadar police stations and Cantonment Beat House, where indefinite curfew continued to remain in effect.

Large parts of Meghalaya are exempt from the CAA, as practically the entire state falls under the ambit of the Sixth Schedule. The ILP, a document that regulates the entry of non-locals, has been a long-standing demand of different tribal groups of Meghalaya. In December, after the CAA was passed, a one-day-special Meghalaya Assembly session unanimously adopted a resolution asking the government to implement the ILP.

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