Monday, November 28, 2022

Internet suspended in parts of M’laya for another 48 hrs

Correspondent

The Meghalaya government on Thursday further extended the suspension of mobile internet services in seven districts in eastern part of the state for another 48 hours from 10.30 am till November 26 to “prevent any disturbance of peace and public order” after firing by the Assam Police that killed five civilians of Meghalaya and an Assam forest guard at Mukroh village in West Jaintia Hills district on Tuesday, an official said.
State Home Secretary Cyril Vincent Darlong Diengdoh, in a notification said that firing incident at Mukroh village has a potential to disturb public peace and tranquility, and cause a threat to public safety in the seven districts – East Khasi Hills, East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, Eastern West Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi.
“Reports have been received from Police Headquarters of arson and damages to vehicles having Assam registration from various parts of Shillong and other pockets of Jaintia Hills,” State Home Secretary Cyril Vincent Darlong Diengdoh, in a notification said.
“Messaging systems like WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc., are likely to be used for transmission of information through pictures, videos and text, having the potential to cause serious breakdown of law and order,” the notification specified,
Diengdoh said the suspension of the mobile internet services is to prevent the misuse of the social media to disturb peace and tranquility in Meghalaya and for maintaining law and order.
The opposition Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday had demanded immediate restoration of mobile internet service saying that the suspension has caused inconvenience to the people of the state.
NSF condemns Mukroh firing
The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) expressed anguish and condemned the indiscriminate firing which took place along the Meghalaya – Assam border in West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya and West Karbi Anglong district of Assam during the wee hours of November 22 leading to the loss of six lives.
The NSF said it extended its sympathy to the bereaved family members of the victims and wished speedy recovery to those injured in the incident.
A press release by NSF president Kegwayhun Tep said the incident has “outraged the sentiments of the entire North East region and beyond.”
It added, “While the general populace is collectively striving towards lasting peace and stability, to bring about a life of dignity and the shared purpose of peaceful coexistence and respectful relationships, such inhumane and diabolical act negates the very aspiration of the masses and ought to be out rightly condemned by all right thinking citizens.”
The press release stated that NSF also appealed for peace and unity in the region and to spare no efforts to uproot those elements and practices against the social and economic progress of the people.
The NSF called for “respect for each other’s history and basic human rights, to accept each other’s differences and value the common interests so as to establish a secure future where the entire region will thrive in harmony.”
The Federation the appealed to the authority concerned that due process of law is followed through an impartial probe to settle the issue amicably at the earliest possible time.

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