Shillong violence: Miscreants pelt stones at CRPF bus in Mawlai Umthlong; headmen to hold meeting
Unidentified miscreants allegedly pelted stones at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bus at Mawlai Umthlong in the Guwahati-Shillong road at around 10 pm on Sunday. Following the assault, the vehicle went off the road and rammed into a footpath.
Residents of the area informed that soon after, a group of "angry" CPRF jawans got down from the bus and started “smashing things around”. “We heard a loud sound and when we rushed outside to check, the CPRF personnel chased us away,” said a resident, who doesn’t want to be named.
The CRPF personnel immediately launched a manhunt to nab the miscreants and chased a few youths from Umthlong to Nongkwar "ensuing panic among the people", the residents informed. The situation, however, was brought under control after the intervention of local MDC, Teibor Pathaw, and some women from the locality.
Prior to the incident, news of people burning tyres on the road to protest against the encounter of ex-militant Cheristerfield Thangkhiew, was also reported from the area.
Notably, these incidents happened during the total curfew that was imposed by the district administration following the breakdown of the law and order situation in the city since 8 pm on August 15.
Meanwhile, Umthlong headman Tyllilang Mylliemumlong has told TNT-The Northeast Today that he is meeting locality leaders, including the headman of Mawlai Nongkwar, to ascertain the sequence of events on August 15. He said that the initial inputs that he has received suggest that the CRPF vehicle had rammed into a footpath due to reckless driving.
"At present, the situation is normal. We, as locality leaders, are trying our best to maintain law and order. We don't want this situation to spiral out of control and put the lives of people at risk," Mylliemumlong said.
In another incident, Ferdison Mylliem Umlong, driver of a vernacular paper, Mawphor, was allegedly beaten up and his vehicle vandalised by the CPRF personnel around 8:50 pm on Sunday. A team of a local channel, Batesi TV, was also present at the spot but they were let off after being identified as media persons.
The CRPF couldn’t be reached for comments.
(Edited by Shankar Turha)
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