A vehicle conveying CRPF personnel was assaulted by protesters in Mawlai area here during curfew hours, prompting security forces to resort to mild force for scattering the crowd, police said on Monday. The state government has enforced a curfew in Shillong and barred mobile internet services in at least four districts, as plundering and arson rocked the state capital and nearby regions on Independence Day during the funeral procession of a former militant.
The assault on the CRPF vehicle happened hours after unidentified criminals hurled petrol bombs at the residence of Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma late on Sunday, they said. Acting on details of a large number of youths burning tyres in the middle of the road in Mawlai zone, CRPF personnel hurried to the area. The instigators pelted stones at their vehicle, prompting the personnel to use mild force to scatter the mob, a senior district police officer told PTI.
He said a vehicle belonging to a native media house was harmed and its driver suffered wounds during lathicharge by CRPF jawans. Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui had pulled back on Sunday amid violence in Shillong over the police shooting of the former militant.
Rymbui also requested the CM to institute a judicial probe into the shooting of Cheristerfield Thangkhiew, the self-styled general secretary of the forbidden Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council. Thangkhiew, who had capitulated in 2018, was shot dead on August 13 when he supposedly tried to hit a police team with a knife during an invasion at his house in connection with a series of IED blasts in the state.