Clash Over CAA: Internet suspended in 6 districts of Meghalaya

Clash Over CAA: Internet suspended in 6 districts of Meghalaya

The Meghalaya government has suspended internet services in six districts of the state following a clash between Khasi Students' Union (KSU) and non-tribals in East Khasi Hills district of the state.

One person was killed in the clashes between KSU members and non-tribals during a meeting on the Citizenship Amendment Act and inner line permit (ILP) in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills.

The clashes between the Khasi Students Union members and non-tribals broke out during anti-CAA and pro-ILP meeting held in Ichamati area of the district on Friday, officials said.

Mobile internet services have been suspended in six districts - East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, West Khasi Hills an South West Khasi hills - of the state from Friday night for 48-hours.

The local administration had imposed curfew in Shillong and adjoining areas with effect from 10 pm of February 28 to 8 am of February 29.

Local reports suggest that during the clashes some KSU members burnt a haystack at the edge of a market and also tried to burn a house. This was followed with a retaliation from the other side which reportedly attacked several vehicles belonging to KSU members.

The KSU member who has died has been identified as Lurshai Hynniewta. Reports suggest some police personnel were also injured in the clashes.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said an inquiry has been initiated and several companies of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) have been deployed to maintain law and order situation in the area.