Meghalaya: Authorities to review situation before taking a call on lifting internet ban


By Our Reporter | Shillong, June 07, 2018:

A day after the skirmish between two groups in Them Iew Mawlong and the subsequent violent protests on May 31, the state government had suspended internet services on mobile phone to prevent circulation of fake news and rumours on the incident.

The suspension of internet services on mobiles will continue for another 24 hours. This was informed by East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, Peter S. Dkhar here today.

"We will again review the situation before taking a final call for resuming of the internet service on mobiles," Dkhar further said.

Earlier, Home Minister, James P.K. Sangma said that the Government has asked the Deputy Commissioner to take a call on resuming of the internet service after assessing the situation.

It may be mentioned that the Government had to suspend the internet service in mobiles after the law and order situation had aggravated at Motphran and its adjoining areas on the night of May 31 night following rumours which had spread in the social media about the death of one of the local youth who was assaulted by residents of sweeper colony at Them Iew Mawlong.

The rumours went viral and created panic and anger among the Khasi locals who later assembled and started marching towards the Them Iew Mawlong.