Curfew relaxed for 14 hours in Shillong, situation normal

There is no fresh trouble over the new Citizenship Act in the hill city for the past several days.

According to an official of the district administration, District Magistrate of East Khasi Hills, M. W. Nongbri on Wednesday issued an order relaxing the curfew for 14 hours from 6 a.m. in the morning in areas under Lumdiengjri police station and Sadar police station.

As precautionary measures, the curfew would be reimposed in these two police station areas from 8 p.m. on Wednesday till further orders, the official added.

All Banks, shops and markets, educational institutions are open and vehicles are plying on the roads. Agitators protesting the amended Citizenship Act would hold a prayer meeting at Students’ Field here later in the day.

After protests against the new Citizenship law, curfew was imposed in Shilling and its outskirts on December 11.

Another official of Chief Minister’s secretariat said that the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Tuesday had approved a resolution to bring the state under the Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime.

The cabinet resolution would be moved at the one-day special session of the state Assembly on Thursday, the official added.

Sangma last week led a delegation of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and demanded to introduce the ILP in Meghalaya.

We discussed the ILP issue and other problems of Meghalaya with the Home Minister and he assured us with positive approach, said Sangma, who is also the Chairman of the MDA.

The ILP, which is now in force in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and in Manipur, was notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected area for a limited and stipulated period.

The new Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 would not apply to the ILP areas.

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