Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 19 | Publish Date: 8/19/2021 12:14:09 PM IST
Meghalaya’s State capital Shillong remained peaceful as overall normalcy prevailed in day-to-day life with extension in the curfew relaxation period, restoration of mobile internet services and business back to average.
There has been no report of any law and order situation in the city or its suburbs with people going about their essential daily chores, prompting the administration to further extend curfew relaxation by one more on Friday.
“Based on the present situation, it is deemed appropriate to continue with partial lifting of curfew August 20,”said District Magistrate, Isawanda Laloo in her order on Thursday announcing relaxation of curfew in the Shillong Agglomeration from 5 am to 6 pm on August 20.
Opening of essential and non-essential shops will be allowed till 5 pm tomorrow before the curfew is re-imposed from 6 pm till 5 am of August 21, the order said, while underlining that any kind of gathering, public meeting or rally is not permitted.
Curfew, which was imposed in the whole of the Shillong Urban Agglomeration from the night of Independence Day in the wake of violent protests following the death of former Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) general secretary, Cheristerfield Thangkhiew in police firing during a raid on his residence on August 13, was relaxed for 13 hours from 5 am to 5 pm on Thursday.
“It is a great relief for us to be back to business as we were faced with uncertainty as curfew had been imposed,” said one among a group of vegetable vendors from nearby Smit village, who have been selling locally produced vegetables by the street-side.
Retired Chief Justice of Tripura High Court , Justice T Vaiphei, who is currently the chairperson of Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) chairperson, will head the judicial inquiry into the killing of the surrendered militant leader, as announced by Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday.