Violence again in Shillong, police vehicles set on fire, petrol bombs hurled


Suddenly violence broke out during the candle march in Shillong.
During the violence, people set police vehicles on fire.
6 people had died in the Assam-Meghalaya border violence.

Shillong. A candle march was taken out in the capital Shillong on Thursday evening over the violence on the Meghalaya border with Assam, after which a police bus and a jeep were set ablaze and police were pelted with stones and petrol bombs. A senior police officer gave this information. Superintendent of Police (City) Vivek Saim said that seven people, including four policemen, were injured in the violent clash between the protesters and the police.

Petrol bomb hurled at police bus
Petrol bombs were hurled at a police bus and jeep, set on fire, while a traffic police cell was razed. Apart from this, stones and petrol bombs were thrown at the police at Barik Chowk. A few meters away from it, various organizations including Khasi Students Union, and Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People organized a candle march and protested against the violence.

tear gas shells had to be fired
Police said they had to fire tear gas shells to bring the situation under control. Police said those responsible for the violence are yet to be identified. Significantly, six people, including a forest guard, were killed in violence in the early hours of Tuesday at a disputed site in West Karbi Anglong district along the Assam-Meghalaya border. The clash took place when a truck carrying illegally cut timber was stopped by Assam forest officials.

Transport of fuel stopped in Meghalaya
Following the series of attacks on passenger cars following the incident, the Assam government has stopped vehicles from plying to Meghalaya. Policemen have put up barricades at various entry points from Assam to Meghalaya and people are being urged not to drive to Meghalaya in vehicles with Assam number plates. Meanwhile, the apex body of petroleum employees in Assam said on Thursday that it has stopped transportation of fuel to Meghalaya following reports of attacks on vehicles going from Assam.

The Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) sent separate letters to all PSU oil marketing companies including IOC, HPCL, and BPCL informing them about the union’s decision not to refuel tankers.

Tags: Assam Mizoram Border Issue, Mizoram

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