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Sporadic violence in city during candle light vigil for Mukroh incident

Shillong, Nov 24: Sporadic violence erupted in parts of the city on Thursday during the candle light vigil (in picture) organised by the pressure groups at Civil Hospital Junction near Kiang Nangbah memorial.

Angry youths torched a bus requisitioned by the police, a police kiosk and damaged a vehicle near Civil Hospital.

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Protesters also hurled petrol bombs at the police personnel at Barik point in the city compelling the latter to use tear gas to disperse the youths.

Three persons were assaulted during the incident.

The front portion of torched bus

“We fired a few shells of tear gas to deter the protesters from causing any harm to civilians since vehicles were still plying as the traffic was being diverted towards Pinemount side,” SP (City) Vivek Syiem said.

Syiem said three persons were injured after they were attacked at IGP and civil hospital junction.

“I don’t see that the situation warrants imposition of curfew in the city but as law enforcers we have to be vigilant”, he said, adding that the police have registered a case.

Chief Secretary DP Wahlang said there were sporadic violent incidents in the evening.

He said the government is not taking any agressive stand in the context of sentimental issue of the incident in Mukroh where five villagers were killed.

The damaged Shillong Traffic police kiosk at Civil Hospital junction

He said after the meeting of Meghalaya cabinet delegation with the union home minister, they will also meet National Human Rights Commission on Friday.

Earlier, the pressure groups comprising KSU, FKJGP, HNYF, RBYF and JSU have declared a non-cooperation day on Friday and appealed to the office goers to abstain from work as a mark of protest against the killing of 5 state residents.

Educational institutions and emergency services are exempted, the pressure groups said.

The demand of the pressure groups is to hand over the accused police personnel involved in the killing of the civilians to Meghalaya police for taking necessary action.

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