Meghalaya governor’s cavalcade attacked during curfew in Shillong

Shillong (Meghalaya India), August 18 (KMS): In India, unidentified persons attacked the cavalcade of Governor Satya Pal Malik with stones on its return from Assam after dropping him at an airport in Shillong, the capital of Indian state of Meghalaya.

Violence erupted and curfew was imposed in Mawlai, Jaiaw and other areas of Shillong on Indian Independence Day during the funeral procession of a former 54-year-old rebel leader and the former General Secretary of the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), Cheristerfield Thangkhiew, who was killed by Indian police at his house in Shillong. The killing led to vandalism, violence and a subsequent curfew in Shillong.

The Governor took a flight to the New Delhi and safely landed there, an official of Governor’s house said. “Unidentified miscreants pelted the convoy of cars with stones in Mawlai area of the city when it was returning (from Assam). A few vehicles were damaged in the attack but no one was hurt,” the official said.

An officer in the rank of superintendent of police accompanied the Governor to the airport and a formal complaint is likely to be filed with the East Khasi Hills district administration on Wednesday, the official said.

Unidentified miscreants also hurled petrol bombs at the private residence of the chief minister at Third Mile area of Upper Shillong but no one was injured. He was at his official Polo Hills residence at that time.

A few hours later, a CRPF vehicle proceeding to control the situation came under attack by protesters who were burning tyres on a road at Mawlai. Two police vehicles were also torched in the two affected areas last two days.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has approved deployment of additional central armed paramilitary forces (CAPFs) to assist the state in controlling the situation in Shillong.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission has directed Chief Secretary MS Rao to furnish a detailed report on Thangkhiew’s death within 15 days.

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