A petty quarrel between a lady and a bus conductor of the State-run bus service of Meghalaya on Thursday led to a clash in Motphran area of Shillong. The clash erupted after the bus conductor was allegedly beaten by a group of people residing at Them Aew Mawlong (Harijan’s lane).
The situation turned volatile later in the night when the mob attempted to march towards Them Mawlong and started pelting stones at the police personnel deployed in the area. The police used tear gas to disperse the mob but they did not leave the area.
Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills, Peter S Dkhar stated that the current curfew has been imposed in areas under Lumdiengjri police station and Cantonment Beat House from 4 am this (Friday) morning in view of the breakdown of law and order in Shillong city (Motphran, Mawkhar and adjoining areas) following the violent clash on Thursday night.
District Police Chief of the East Khasi Hills, Davies Marak, informed that the police have tightened security all over the city after miscreants set four vehicles on fire in four different locations namely Motphran, Umsohson, Rynjah and Nongmynsong.
A journalist and four civilians were also injured in the clash. Three stone pelters have been arrested. The police seized petrol bombs and other sharp weapons from their possession.